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If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what’s helped you through it? “I don’t know that I’m through it.”

I asked Josh the usual questions on Main Street in Vancouver today, and I was very entertained by his responses. I love it when people speak the truth, even if it involves them being vulnerable in order to do so. Josh definitely opened-up in a hilarious and honest way.

When I asked, “If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what helped you through it?” His answer was, “Huh…I don’t know that I’m through it.

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I love that answer! I also often still feel like a freak or an outsider, and while that feeling is not permanent,  I don’t know if I’ll ever stop feeling awkward and weird some of the time.

Josh then went on to say, “I think that you can go in and out of stages of comfortability, you know, but I think that what gets me out of anything is just sort of the knowledge that I’m going to be OK. You know I like just sort of look at my past and figure out, have I got through shit before? And it’s like, yeah. Am I gong to get through this next shit? Yeah.

Being A Freak And An Outsider Can Be Freeing!

“Yes, I always feel like a freak, like an outsider. But again, at the same time it’s a very safe place to be, an outsider, actually, you have the freedom to be yourself and no one is going to come and tell you to stop being this.”-Patty 

Patty loves Vancouver...and she understands the sense of freedom that comes from refusing to fit in!

Patty loves Vancouver…and she understands the sense of freedom that comes from refusing to fit in!

Patty answers my usual questions:

1) What do you love about Vancouver?

2) If you have felt like a freak or an outsider, what helped you through it? 

DOWNTOWN SKATEPARK VANCOUVER: Skate and Listen.

RITCHIE FERNANDEZ (left and @Ritchiee1 on Instagram) and KAIL (right) were skating their hearts out at DOWNTOWN SKATEPARK in Vancouver this morning.

RITCHIE FERNANDEZ (left and @Ritchiee1 on Instagram) and KAIL (right) were skating their hearts out at DOWNTOWN SKATEPARK in Vancouver this morning.

Ritchie was fun, open, and great to interview!

Ritchie was fun, open, and great to interview!

Kail told me he was feeling the effects of jet lag, so it was really nice of him to let me interview him.

Kail told me he was feeling the effects of jet lag, so it was really nice of him to let me interview him.

I asked RITCHIE FERNANDEZ (Instagram: @Ritchiee1) and KAIL (just in from Queensland, Australia) if they could answer a question that is very near-and-dear to me:

HAVE YOU EVER FELT LIKE A LOSER/A FREAK/OR AN OUTCAST? IF SO, WHAT HELPED YOU THROUGH IT?

Here are their answers (and I greatly appreciate them letting me film them, because other skaters were camera-shy, or said they had never experienced feeling this way and therefore didn’t have an answer…Kail said he thinks everyone has felt this way at some point, and I have to say that I agree):

Sunny day, sweepin' the clouds away

Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away

Science World, I see you!

Science World, I see you!

Vancouver is a special place to be.

Vancouver is a special place to be.

Fuel up on yummy food...then do what you love!

Fuel up on yummy food…then do what you love!