We all have quirks. We all have those moments when something is far more important to us than it is to everyone else. Perhaps it’s something strange or unique, or perhaps it simply isn’t your peers’ cup of tea. Does that mean you should give it up? Hide it? Stay silent so as not to embarrass yourself?

In one of my favorite novels, The Fault in Our Stars, the author details the quirk of one of the characters. The main character–Hazel Grace–is watching her boyfriend Augustus and their friend Isaac play a video game.

The Game

“Cover me!” Augustus said as he jumped out from behind the wall and raced toward the school. Isaac fumbled for his controller and then started firing while the bullets rained down on Augustus, who was shot once and then twice but still ran, Augustus shouting, “YOU CAN’T KILL MAX MAYHEM!” and with a final flurry of button combinations, he dove onto the grenade, which detonated beneath him. His dismembered body exploded like a geyser and the screen went red. A throaty voice said, “MISSION FAILURE,” but Augustus seemed to think otherwise as he smiled at his remnants on the screen. He reached into his pocket, pulled out a cigarette, and shoved it between his teeth.

“Saved the kids,” he said.

“Temporarily,” I pointed out.

“All salvation is temporary,” Augustus shot back. “I bought them a minute. Maybe that’s the minute that buys them an hour, which is the hour that buys them a year. No one’s gonna buy them forever, Hazel Grace, but my life bought them a minute. And that’s not nothing.”

“Whoa, okay,” I said. “We’re just talking about pixels.”

He shrugged, as if he believed the game might be really real.

Own your Quirks

What matters to you, friend? Is it that one show you can’t stop watching because the characters and story are important to you? Perhaps it’s slipping the waiter an extra large tip even though she was short with you because it’ll put a smile on her face? Or maybe it’s staunchly refusing to dog-ear the pages of your books because you want to honor the author and designer’s hard work?

What is your quirk?

Whatever it may be, I ask you today to be proud of it! Don’t be ashamed of the beliefs and practices that make you unique. If the game is real to you, let it be real.

Just like Augustus, we don’t need to worry about what other people think. We all have quirks, even those who sneer at others. We’re all unique, so let’s own it!

Quirky Encouragement

Take the time today to notice someone.

So often we’re so caught up in our daily life that we ignore the people around us. But today, take a moment to smile at the coworker bobbing his head to the music. Pause to listen to your friend as she gushes about the newest Batman movie. Take a couple of minutes to reorganize the creamers for your OCD teammate.

Show the world that you can own your quirks.

And while you’re at it, appreciate yourself! Don’t try to hide the fact that you dislike pizza, or that you can’t get out of your car without making certain your parking job is perfect, or that you make your own dipping sauce from mayonnaise and ketchup.

These things make you you. You’re unique. You’re wonderful. Own your quirks!

Psst!

Hang on! Before you go, check out John Green’s website here, and be sure to order The Fault in Our Stars! It’s one of my favorites for a reason, and I’m sure you’ll love it.