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My friend and author, Rosanna Huffman, recently wrote, "How old were you when you realized you were not “normal”?" ("http://elainestock.blogspot.com/2015/12/rosanna-huffman-when-we-get-to-trade.html.)

I was pretty young when I figured out that I wasn't normal

--most of the signatures from friends in my yearbooks praise me as "wacky" or "crazy" or "goofy". Perhaps it was that Elvis impersonation I used to do in high school. Thank goodness cell phone camcorders did not exist then.

However, I was much older when I finally figured out that being an oddball is a good thing. Think of any famous artist, inventor, innovator, author. Most were considered weird at some point.

There are a lot of invisible people out there with their heads down, just trying to make it through the day and not make waves. Zzz. Sorry I just fell asleep. What kind of existence is that? To truly live, you've got "let your light shine before others" (Matt. 5:16, NIV). Be the original, vulnerable, authentic you. Oddball is the new normal.

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