What’s in a name: Galactic Outsider

I’m a weirdo.

I was a weird kid from day one. In elementary school, where we were learning our social skills, I was fat, with weird hair and glasses, and no female friends, despite teachers constantly pushing me to socialize with the other girls. I had a tight-knit group of friends, all boys, and I would much rather play Star Wars or ride bikes in the woods with them than I would play with dolls or practice cheerleading with the girls. I was firmly established as an elementary school weirdo, and I was ok with that.

As time passed I’ve shifted through many personas - some overlapped, and many I still identify with today. Nerd, punk, tomboy, goth, intellectual, traveler, artist - all non-conformists and all outside of the mainstream. I’ve never fully felt like I belonged - certainly not in the mainstream, never with the popular crowd, and sometimes I even feel like I’m on the outer edge of my own subcultures. As an adult, I’m still a weirdo. A perpetual outsider.

I love the word “outsider.” I feel like it describes me better than any other term. It accurately describes how I feel most of the time, but also evokes an image of detached coolness. I don’t know how others really see me, but I like to think it’s like that. Some sort of geek James Dean. Who, now that I think about it, is basically Han Solo, my greatest role model. So, yeah, I hope people see me as Han Solo, because that’s totally how I see myself!

And I know I’m not the only one who feels like this. We’re all drifting through time and space looking for belonging. If we’re lucky we find little bits of it here and there. Some are better at finding it than others. But no matter how far out on the edge we are, we all have things to connect us. This new brand - Galactic Outsider - will celebrate all of the things that bring us together. All of the things we love. All of the things that speak to us as weirdos.

I hope we can all find our place, here on this little planet out in the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy*. <3

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*Douglas Adams