Embrace the Quirks in Others

by Robyn Wright on December 12, 2013

in Living

This morning at breakfast I had a great conversation with Sarah Kimmel of Technology for Moms about quirks we all have about different foods. Some folks are pickier than others. To me, it is all fine. My feeling is that all of these quirks we see in others should be embraced! If we were all the same what a boring world this would be.


While sometimes our quirks can be a bit much when we have a lot of them or are very inflexible, most of the time they really are no big deal. For food, many of us have foods we do not like because of textures actually. I had some oatmeal at breakfast, but there are many who do not like oatmeal strictly because of the texture. Sometimes others seem bothered when someone would say something like “I don’t like oatmeal because of its texture”, but why are they bothered? How does that impact them really? There is no need to be negative about a preference like this – just let it go.

Now some quirks do impact others a bit more. If you have met me in person or watched any of my videos you might have noticed (ha) that I have a rather loud voice. I totally am aware of it and do try to be quieter, but it is tough. However, I am also very comfortable if someone asks me to talk a bit quieter or less – as long as they are not rude about it. What I have come to realize though is that so many people recognize me by my voice and are happy to hear it – those folks are embracing my quirk.

So where do you fall? Can you embrace the quirks of others or do those quirks just make you crazy? What is one of your own quirks?


© 2013, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

  • Natalie J. Vandenberghe

    Other people’s quirks tend to drive me crazy!
    We do have something in common: apparently, my voice is loud and, unfortunately, it carries. Not only that, my voice is distinct. When I was younger and kids would get in trouble for talking in school, I always got in trouble. While others were talking also, my voice was the only one they could recognize! Cursed!

  • susan1215

    My brother in law is outgoing and is always trying to make people laugh. When we go to a restaurant with he and my sister he will ask the waitress or anyone else questions (some embarrassing) to get her and everyone else to laugh. We don’t see him much because they live out of town so I can deal with him for the short time we are together but there is no way I could live with him.

  • http://historyinculture.wordpress.com/ Robin

    I’m with you–I embrace the quirks of others or just let them slide off my back…no need to let them bother me. Other people often pick on me for quirky eating habits (e.g. separating different components of a dish), and I wish they would just let me eat without drawing attention to it!

  • Ravzie

    I try to be very patient – my quirk is that I am quirk free, LOL.

  • tannawings

    Peoples quirks dont bother me unless they hurt or they put someone else down. I have some quirks but you would have to ask my husband he could likely reel off of a list :)

  • Eileen Richter

    It doesnt bother me mostly about other’s quirks unless they profess them as law. Differences are what make the world so interesting. I am jealous of “loud” personalities as I am sort of socially phobic after being “in da house” for so long. My sister in law sounds a lot like you…she is just fun and confident, but not brassy or “loud” I would say.

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