The Old Norse and Middle English etymology of this word awkward reveal a wonderful meaning. Awkward means "turned the wrong way."
When we follow God, obey our parents, refuse to gossip, reject materialism, maintain purity, tell the truth, choose empathy, defend the bullied, smother cynicism, preserve innocence, and celebrate learning, we often feel turned the wrong way against a massive cultural current.
Stay wrong. Stay turned. We find, always, that the awkward among us were right all along.