Feel Weird?

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Hello!

Back with an outfit post, plus something I wanted to talk about.

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The term ‘weird’ has been used so much recently that it’s almost a cool way to describe yourself at this point.
When I was younger, being labelled as weird was not exactly something to be proud of.
It simply meant that you were strange and should be made fun of.
I felt weird a lot as a teenager, because I was into comic books, video games, really oversized outfits and listened to emo music. I got teased about those things in school, but quickly noticed that when I was confident in talking about the things I liked, there was no real point in poking fun at me. I never gave a reaction of embarrassment, even if I was insecure.

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Now I’ve grown up a little, I still get called weird all the time.
Not because of my taste in music or outfit choices, but because of the way I think about life.
When I was in university, I would talk about my dream of leaving the Netherlands with anyone who would listen. Pretty much everyone I talked to also wanted to travel, but came up with all the reasons why they couldn’t.  They put limitations on where they would travel, when, with what purpose, with whom and for how long.
All of them wanted to return to their home, eventually.

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I like unpredictability, though.
I also don’t have nostalgic memories of the Netherlands; I know I don’t want to build a life there. I feel weird because I’m Dutch and should want to go back, but I don’t feel homesick at all whenever I leave the country.
These days, I feel most at home when I’m traveling and most out of place in the Netherlands.

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Something else I’ve been told is strange about me, is how I see and value my relationships.
After the horror that was 2016, I appreciate certain people in my life a lot more. I’m also much more vocal about my feelings.
I like you? I’ll tell you.
What’s the freaking point in lying or playing games?
To me, the connections we make with people are what life is about.
Not every person you meet will stay forever and it won’t always be a positive encounter, but they will teach you something about yourself or about life in general.
I’ve learned that on the darkest of days, in some of my worst moments, it was always someone reaching out to me in a small but positive way that gave me a reason to keep going. A simple acknowledgement of my existence was enough.
There is a lot of power in small acts of kindness and compassion. Whenever I explain that to people, especially those who have not gone through very much heartbreak or loss themselves lucky you, I get strange looks and sometimes I’ll be flat out ridiculed.

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Life is short.
It really is. Everything you know today might be different tomorrow, and you don’t have any control over it. That is scary, but there is comfort in that thought as well.
People can think I’m weird all they want for my life choices, my love for a nomadic lifestyle, the fact that I change my mind a LOT and that I do crazy things to keep my life interesting.
I have a gut feeling that everything will turn out exactly as it’s supposed to, so I live my life as I want.

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Like I’ve said before; I’d rather make a million mistakes of my own and be happy, than live how someone else tells me to and become miserable as a result.

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What I’m getting at in this post, is that it is perfectly ok to feel like a weirdo or a bit of an outsider.
You don’t live your life to impress other people.
You’re the one living with the consequences of your actions and decisions, nobody else.
Who cares if someone who doesn’t know you thinks you’re a bit odd?
You can’t be friends with everyone, and you shouldn’t want to.

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The reason why I wanted to address that in this post is because of these photos. I’ve taken and edited them myself.
Sometimes I forget that people assume I don’t take these photos myself. After all; how would I do that?
Tripod and a remote.
It’s not rocket science  
I just take photos of the general area first and figure out what would look good. I look absolutely insane to people walking by, but I don’t really give an F.
I get to practice editing, and sometimes my photos are good enough where I can use them for my portfolio.
Win-Win.

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I also took these photos for Happysocks, which is the brand of the socks I’m wearing.
I love the socks and undies they sell, but I’m also a big fan of the people working at the company. They’re some of the friendliest and most patient people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
I’m always incredibly flattered to be asked to collab with a brand.

Check them out if you’re into these babies, I love them.

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Full outfit:

Jacket is vintage, so are the shades
(sorry)
Dress Brandy Melville
Shoes Bershka
Bag Mango
Socks: HAPPYSOCKS

See you again soon.

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Love from Athens,

Lizz

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