She wrote about the worries and joys of not fitting in. I had immediate flashbacks to my middle school and high school life when I, too, did not fit in. I was voted "most unique" in my senior yearbook because I didn't buck the system; I went to another galaxy, found their system, and bucked that one too. I was the crazy metal chick in a sea of preppies. I took every '80s fad to the Nth degree. When neon was in, the kids turned off the lights to see which parts of me would glow. When spandex was in, I rocked it like a hurricane (please tell me my fellow glam rockers got the reference). When it was time to feather my hair, I teased and waged war with my curls for hours until they succumbed to a swooshlike backwards wave. I defended students' rights to wear ripped jeans to the Vice Principal. I did all of these things simultaneously, ironically, and happily. I loved my style at a cost.
I sought to be popular but just wasn't that kid. I looked different and thought differently. I embraced my uniqueness but struggled like most new-to-hormones pre-teens do. It's hard to be one of the herd when you're the spandex-rocking, jelly-bracelet-covered, blazing neon sheep. Even the coyotes are afraid of you.
Over time, I tamed my ways (damn boring '90s). I settled into a great adult life with my family and friends. I learned that I can be who I want, quirks and all. I don't need anyone's approval; I can fit in with me!
'Nzeppel is a favorite tangle of mine. Elisa picked it because it is a weird tangle that doesn't quite fit in. Sometimes it's a grid, and sometimes it's random. It can fit into any shape or flow on its own.
For this challenge, I decided to try my hand at the new overlapping technique, Tranzending, on a Renaissance tile. 'Nzeppel and Flux can be misfits together.