Yeah, you probably wouldn’t guess it when you first meet me. I pass for “normal” but the truth is, it’s carefully constructed camouflage.
I was the strange kid in school that got picked on – I read too much, and the wrong kind of books. While other girls my age were content with Judy Blume and Tiger Beat, I was reading Robert Heinlein and Anne McCaffrey. With some Edgar Rice Burroughs for good measure.
The crown jewel, I played Dungeons and Dragons. Oh the names! Geek, Nerd, Freak… I got called all of them, and more. I was the shy, quiet one reading in the corner who was the easy target.
It didn’t help that I could also talk to dead people (among other things), starting with the little old lady who died in my house. You can read about her, here. I knew she was real, even if my parents tried to tell me it was all just my imagination.
I did have friends – real, human ones! But they all went to other schools. So I never had a lot of pressure to conform, and found it pretty easy to follow my own path. It’s lead me to some pretty amazing experiences. I’ve trained exotic animals – sea lions, cheetahs, wolves. I’ve been a nurse; trust me, you don’t want those details. I’m also a Reiki Master Teacher, a medium and a psychopomp – means ‘conductor of the dead’ – I help spirits cross the Veil. I’ve seen a UFO or two.
I’ve learned to own my weirdness, rather than try and cram into some society-approved mold.
I am a freak – I’m freakishly good at several things that many people aren’t, including training animals, starting IV’s, writing, and talking to beings who aren’t quite fully in this world.
I am a geek – Old school movies like Star Wars, A New Hope still gets me teary eyed. I laugh at all the D&D, LOTR and science jokes on Big Bang Theory, then have to explain them to my husband. Stories of far away worlds and epic adventures still have the power take me away.
Which brings you, here. I hope you like what you find. Take a look, leave a comment. Let’s peel back the veil that shrouds these topics and take a peek at what lies on the other side.
Because we could all use a little weirdness in our lives.