What are your quirks?

What are your quirks?

Come on, we all have them – you know the little something about us that makes us slightly different from the next person. Our quirks are who we are- we are allowed to be different and should avoid morphing into who we think people expect us to be.  There are parts of our character that we do not allow others to see for fear of coming across as an oddball. There are insecurities we have that can make us react in ways that appear odd to others.

Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lenny Kravitz and the beautiful Lisa Bonet) quoted;

“Hollywood is like a really sad version of high school where people get labelled as cool, not cool, jock, bombshell, quirky….. it’s like a caste system.  You’re either in on you’re out.”

I recently watched a TV show with Zoe Kravitz and she played a quirky role and I must say she was so good at it, I am absolutely  convinced she is quirky and cool when off screen.

I have a number of quirks and I accept them. As a teen I was labelled as odd by my peers and even a few friends or should I say “frenemies?” Perhaps they thought they were helping me out by telling me what I already knew I was like!

Just a few of my quirks;

1. If out and about I do not like bumping into acquaintances more than once. The first time you say hello and exchange pleasantries. What on earth do you say on seeing them for the second time whilst walking round a store? Throw me a lifeline please!

2. I do not like people invading my space and will deliberately leave a gap when standing in queues, on the bus or train. Boundaries people!

3.  I over think a lot and make huge assumptions. I think I know what a person is going to say, prepare for it and am completely off track. I really need to train my mind from working overtime.

4. I race up the stairs when home alone.  The child in me, I guess.

5.  I dance when in the kitchen as though I am on a stage.

6. When getting into the lift at work, I pray the door closes quickly so no-one joins me. I do not want to share that confined space!

7. When I want to tease my daughter, usually after she has been sulking I begin to dance and she really cannot stand it. I then go on to say I will attend her school disco and dance with her friends. She looks absolutely mortified!

So those are just a few of my quirks, the ones I am comfortable with sharing at present.

What quirks do you have?
Do you embrace them?
What do others say about you?

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22 thoughts on “What are your quirks?”

  1. My whole life I’ve been told I’m a “one-off” so I think there’s more quirk in me than not! Probably the one that gets commented on the most is my habit of talking to myself… or as I like to think of it, thinking with facial expressions!

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  2. I have to say my quirks is I tell corny jokes. I do not like people being so serious, and neither do I, so corny jokes is a way to make people laugh, even if it is at me for telling it.
    Thanks for the post.

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  3. I don’t like air blowing on me, so it’s begrudgingly that I turn a fan on in my bedroom in the summer. Guess that means I’ll never been one to ride in a convertible. When I read books, I don’t like to stop on odd-numbered pages or chapters, and I NEVER stop on chapter thirteen!

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  4. Points 3 & 6 totally describe me. Being an introvert, I feel content and secure within my boundaries. However, I try to give my best effort to engage socially (it has improved a lot compared to my childhood days). Still, people complain that I don’t talk much. I don’t understand what more to talk with someone who is not that close to me. Anyway, I have realised the fact that I can’t make everyone around me happy.

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    1. Moumita – you cannot live to be who others want you to. Sometimes people do not know how to take those who are quiet- their thoughts are less obvious than someone who talks non stop.

      Thank you for commenting on my blog. I hope you visit again soon!

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  5. Gosh, my friend, I have so many quirks that there isn’t space here to list them! I hate habits and ruts and am completely habitual. I love spur of the moment fun (we could dance together & run up the stairs at the same time), but I also love to plan special events. I love utter blackness when I’m sleeping, but also love to have the sun burst through in the morning (sorry Suzanne!)…lots of quirks and I choose to embrace them. Fun post.

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  6. What a fun topic. 🙂 Yes, I have plenty of quirks, but I’ll just share two. I prefer traveling alone because I like to make my itinerary up as I go. Another is I’ve made a point of rereading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson every few years since … well, a long time ago, because the characters are so out there, so completely different than I am or anything in my life, each time I read it I discover something new about myself and how my perspective on life is evolving. Thanks for sharing your quirks with us Phoenicia!

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  7. Hmm I am sure I have plenty of quirks but now that I am trying to think of some, I am drawing a blank. I guess I am very fussy about my books. They need to be in perfect condition. I hate people who crease the spine, bend page corners and omg, especially those who write in books. It hurts my heart. haha

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  8. My quirks:
    My mugs hang up from hooks and they all have to face the same way and be placed in the same order – Coffee mugs, glass mugs, soup mugs, etc. If my husband puts the mugs away in the wrong order or facing the wrong way it drives me crazy.
    I count. When I am trying to fall asleep I find myself counting to five over and over no matter how much I try to stop it.
    So there Phoenicia, you now know my biggest embarrassments (LOL)

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  9. I’m kind of day night reversed, so I’m writing this at 2:10 a.m. and will hopefully be still fast asleep at 10:00 a.m. This “quirk” was a killer when I had a stressful full time day job that required me to be on my way to the office by 7:00 a.m.
    I also seem to need a certain amount of alone time or I become irritable. This wasn’t so easy when I was working and had young children at home. Alone time was hard to come by then.

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    1. Wow – you are a night owl which is not much fun when you have early starts. My alone time starts around 9pm at night – the children are sleeping, clothes are laid out for the next day and the house is in order.

      Thank you for commenting on my post.

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  10. Thx for this terrific post, Phoenicia. #3 really reminds me of someone I know. She overthinks EVERYTHING, and usually has negative thoughts to rationalize everything. Makes it hard to have her in my life. I guess my quirkiness is the reverse. I am an overly positive person, and always try to look on the bright side of everything and give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

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