I have worked very hard to fit the image of the white collar professional and it has been boring. There was nothing that distinguished me from a thousand other suits. I was surprisingly pleased today when I was told that my eccentricities would be missed as I take a new job next month. For so long, I have been strictly focused on my family, job, church and education, leaving little time for outside interests. As the kids have grown a bit and other things have cleared from the plate, I am taking the opportunity to figure out what is on my list of likes and dislikes. My baseline diet is Paleo so I eat grass-fed/finished beef and cricket flour in EXO products. I am a huge fan of Kelley Starrett and his work through Mobility WOD so I work my shoe-less feet on a lacrosse ball at my standing desk, made of copier paper boxes. I am a follower of Jesus. I spend time falling off a slackline. I practice mindfulness meditation. I sneeze loudly; only once is needed. I volunteer in the local startup scene and working to start my own project. I am pleased embrace the growing list of things that would earn me the eccentric label. Developing interests outside of my core responsibilities promises a more interesting conversation if we get stuck in an airport. It has taken a long time for me to embrace this eccentricity. Do you feel the freedom to express your thinking and your interests? Fear of what others think about me has been a long-standing problem that I have been working to weaken through seeking out ways to be vulnerable.
What interests are you ready to embrace publicly? What keep you from sharing your eccentricities? What is one of your funny eccentricities? What questions did I miss on this topic?