Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Standing on the outer edge, wondering if you belong. You see the smiling faces and hear the laughter. You want to be a part of it all, but don’t know how to associate or mix in. Do you fit in with everyone else? What do you say? Where do you look? What do you even do with your arms? How does everyone else know how to play? What are the rules? This may have happened to you at the swimming pool or the party or the high school dance; the first days at a new job or school. You didn’t know how to make that first step to fit in. You weren’t quite sure who to talk to or who to trust. Did you know that it also happens to the most outgoing people? Even the most charismatic people have awkward moments. How do you think they learned to mix in?
Standing on the outside of the proverbial dance floor, one of the bravest things you can do is force yourself to fit in. To talk to someone or to dance awkwardly until you get it right. You may have to learn to laugh at yourself for just a minute. You may have to be venerable for a bit. You may have to accept who you are to make it better. You either have to know yourself before you find yourself or find yourself to become who you will be. Maybe the first step is to walk to the middle of that dance floor.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson