When my daughter had friends sleep over for her 4th-grade birthday party, I ordered some treats from the USA. So if you find yourself being shunned by friends, or feeling like no one likes you, it could be that you need to listen more. If you're "trying too hard" in a caring way, Paul says, and you still can't connect, it may be better to move on and find a group that will truly appreciate you. Most Viewed Posts of 2020 to Help You Lead and Thrive, A Better Way to Ask "How Are You?" I’m getting at the difference that makes you feel shy, less than your best and unworthy. Curiosity and generosity became my mantra rather than finding what part of me could “fit in.”, Authenticity doesn’t have to be limiting — it can expand everyone. If you feel like you don't belong, there's a very good chance you don't, and this isn't a bad thing! You have me thinking too – how our language feeds our desire to fit in when there’s really something deeper than those two words allow. I'm not human. Meanwhile, your phone is cold from lack of use, and nobody has liked one of your Instagram pics in days. The result may be different. Start groups tended to be tight, and we looked out for each other. Like your description of “here I am!” and “there you are!” It’s important to show up with the quiet strength that comes from knowing yourself. "That being said, if you tend to be quiet but still want to engage with others, try asking them questions about themselves and their life, and then actively listen to their responses.". I have only one friend he's the only friend that's been with me for 7 years. When I realized that difference many years ago, it changed the way I interacted. I fit all 6. The more we bend and shimmy to be who we’re not, we miss out on finding our true home. Not shying away or denying who we are in an attempt to be accepted by others. Defaulting to pride and shame, something I am guilty of when I feel out of place, are really flip sides of the same coin, right? If I reach out people more without thinking about whether I will be fit in or not. There were no women working from home in their own businesses in my immediate contacts. I love where you’re pointing us – we can’t control how others see us but we can control how we see and feel about ourselves. When we are in college, our tendency is to make friends but as we grow up and start working for a company, our priorities change and we become suspicious of the motives of the people around us. A big turn for me was when someone else introduced me as “totally in” with a particular group where I definitely felt like I was on the fringes at best. It’s saying yes or no based on your values, not your desire to be one of the crowd. When I attend a new networking event or meet a new group of people, I enjoy hearing what they do and why they chose a certain field to work in. Yes! And yet, there are things you can do to get by. Wow – what an image – melting in. And school, where you might be the "outcast." But it's possible that, at one point or another, you have worried that you don't fit in. Once you do, you might notice that you feel a little less isolated. Like you, my default is to hang back. But until you know who you are, you’re just playing a game that isn’t any fun. The good news is connection, being seen and truly known is something that we all crave even if most people won’t admit it. It's never fun to feel left out, or as if you don't fit in. ", If you tend to judge yourself, or get too "in your head" about life, you can end up feeling alone, Dr. Margaret Paul, PhD, relationship expert and author, tells Bustle. They were friends and didn’t see or hear what separates them. I don’t belong here.”. But the problem wit me is different ,the problem is not that I dont fit in but I dont have freinds , i never had . And haven't we all? If you keep your head down or never leave your house because you work from home, nobody will find you. From the moment I walked through the office doors, I was alone. A big, huge, red “A” with an arrow over your head everywhere you went flashing, “Look at me. So go ahead and confidently be yourself. Unfortunately, the overwhelming feeling that I wasn’t meant to be there became a self-fulfilling prophecy, and I left. If, right now, you feel like you don’t fit in with the people and places that surround you, there is likely a reason for it. We don’t need to change to fit in; we just need to be confident in who we are and that we can add value to the conversation and relationship with others… and they can help us as well. Stella! I am 22 years old and live in Virginia.. Always awesome posts! Crazy. Then, of course, one day, I worked for a new company. Here's How To Feel Grateful Instead. Powerful. On the other hand, all local plant (and other) lore is Indigenous, and I don't feel it's appropriate for ME to adopt their practices and beliefs. With that, when the two meet, with humility in the mix, there is room to create shared understanding and forge new relationships. What do you do when you feel like you don’t fit in? Here are some words of encouragement for introverts who are searching for … I liked “Know Yourself”. Your world view or personality is different than the norm. Resolutions - Do You Know the Difference? personal development, So if you're going through a phase right now where old friends are changing and no longer reaching out, it may simply mean you're in the market for some new ones, whose lives better match your own. Use your feeling of not fitting to continue seeking. "When don’t connect with ourselves, we can’t truly connect with others and we may end up feeling not only empty inside, but also left out and isolated from others," she says. Yup. You’re not. I recently had the experience of not fitting in with a training program I was attending. You don't have to change who you are or pretend to be something you're not. I don’t lack the need but I do feel like I don’t fit in this world, I guess changing that simple fact completely changes all your points. Let go of the outcome and do it without yearning but truly for you. Thanks Alli for helping us dig deep into our challenges and talking about ways to overcome them! But know that it's very common for people to change and drift apart, as the years go by. Some stuck while we moved on from others but in the process, it was filled with connection and meaning. It’s hard to feel as if you belong when your identity is not well established. They Feel Society Makes It Harder To Fit In Than It Already Is A society with its standards, expectations and societal norms is exactly what makes life harder for those who can’t fit … One which can be overwhelming. We all want to be known, to be seen and when we don’t fit in, we somehow feel invisible (or worse). It feels impossible to crack, so you don’t try. As I think about this, I realize that I am always flattered when someone seeks me out. And yet it can result in more positive interactions, and maybe even new friendships. There are many, many worlds within this one - they aren't limited to … I find people completely bizarre most of the time and am genuinely baffled by their actions. I don't belong on this earth..I've never understood humans...and I'm 18 and still don't have a job because I would feel like a slave to the government and I don't care about money! Most of the time, it’s not the world pointing their finger at you and seeing your difference, but you, carrying your precious difference and nurturing it. Most people describe fitting in as feeling like one of the gang. All rights reserved. "This can be for a number of reasons such as moving to another city or changing jobs, which may make staying in touch hard," Heidi McBain, licensed marriage and family therapist, tells Bustle. When communicating with others with whom I have felt as if I didn’t “fit in,” I agree so much with what you and others have said here about asking questions, and being an active listener. Hi Alli, Greatness is in each of us and hiding it to “fit in” is a lose, lose result. Ideal, right? It’s scary but a choice worth owning – will I be me or who they want me to be? Then you melt in, becoming something other than who you are to fit in. I found myself getting difficult and judgy. Or maybe it's just where I live? Published on March 8, 2019 March 8, 2019 • 90 Likes • 17 Comments I find purpose in seeking out Joy. When you lack a sense of belonging, it can be painful. Hi, Alli! I just currently turned 22 and I'm doing nothing with my life. Plus I'm not smart. But pay attention to where and why you're putting in that effort, as it may all be futile. I feel like i should add some more details to my question. I want to go to school but can't due to financial reasons even with fasfa. If ever there was a way to come across as awkward and uncomfortable in public, it's by caring too much about what people. Great post and will share! Your perspective will definitely help people get over their resistance and give it a go. I'm lost. When I moved to Australia from the USA, I started to look for my people and in truth, didn’t find them. It can even get to the point where you wonder if eating lunch alone is a choice, or something you have to. Tagged as: Maybe we should start a “Church of Misfits” A community of Christians who don’t feel like they belong to a church, who can support and encourage each other through all the weird and wonderful stages of life. There's absolutely nothing wrong with doing your own thing, living an independent life, or waving a giant "loner" flag as you eat lunch all by yourself. This can be tough to overcome, but is something you can work on over time, or with the help of a therapist. It’s tough to deal with feeling like you don’t really fit in. If that is true for me, it must be true for others. Don't feel like I fit in with this world? While it doesn't really matter what you wear, there is something to be said for expressing yourself outwardly as a way of connecting with like-minded people. We hold our differences to keep us safe when in truth all they do is keep us separate. I remember hearing years ago that there are two types of people in the world. Days that rock? The next time your friend tells a story, try to really hear them. Like somehow you don’t belong here on this Earth? Every time you tell yourself, friends and family, “I don’t fit in” you’re telling a story that you’re still writing. You don’t belong to the place where you have to put effort to fit in, ... I’ll Always Fall For The Misfits And Outcasts Of This World. Thank you! If you're at work, for example, and wondering why no one is talking to you, take it upon yourself to move things along. People in turn really like to share their stories, especially with someone who is listening. If you feel like a stranger at work, or live on the periphery of your friend group, it could be that you haven't found your people yet, AKA the friends who truly understand and value you. Hi Alli! I genuinely love to learn about people and what makes them tick. life, “Reach out” was a suggestion I zeroed in on. Connection is a two-way street, Paul says. There's nothing wrong with putting effort into your relationships. They can cut through the noise, right through to the heart of the matter — and this puts people off. I care for Animals & Nature more than humans. It’s the negative feeling around your difference that drives your nervousness and makes connection feel out of reach. You are not alone. If I reach out people more without thinking about whether I will be fit … change, Feeling Squeezed by Stress? And yet, the more often you embrace who you are, and the things you like, the more likely you'll be to attract folks who feel the exact same way, which can help you form new relationships. When I broadened my identity, I found my tribes. Excellent post Alli! "This might be a way in which you can connect with others in a way that doesn’t make you feel so put on the spot," McBain says. It evokes an image of squeezing and limiting rather than giving and blending. You’re right – when all you’re doing is trying to fit in, it stinks. Think people look at you and think, “Ewww?” The truth is, they probably don’t think about you much at all in the beginning. You’re right, what matters most is what you think of you. Here are some reasons why it might feel like you don't fit, as well as what to do about it. It takes time, and may require a few tweaks to how you think or move through the world. Most people do love to share their stories with someone who genuinely wants to hear them. Its OK to be shy. One of the most common mistakes we make when we feel like we don't belong is to try and fit in. When I traded my judgement for curiosity and allowing the facilitator to be flawed (as I am) we began to build from there. To me it seems most people are motivated mainly by greed and fear, and are almost exclusively focused on themselves. the fact i hate is that everyone asks me why are you alone , they feel pitty on me. People who don’t fit into society often feel like they’re missing out on the things that other people in society get to experience. Having personally experienced both ends of the sprectrum (feeling like I fit in vs. not), as I am maturing my way of thinking about all the time I wasted in the past worrying so much what others thought about me. Absolutely. I sometimes feel I belong in a different time, different planet, universe, etc. People also tell me that I'm pretty, but I don't let it go to my head; I could date if I wanted to but chose no one. Pay attention to what specifically triggered that feeling for you. Because I always feel this way all my life. You might be drifting in and out of friendships, and never really settling in, because you don't know what you're looking for. Know yourself and be open minded are two elements that help me be comfortable in meeting new people in new situations. We go from being open and trusting to trying to get ahead and assuming that others are willing to step on our shoulders to get where they’re going. I hope that once people, you and I included, find the confidence and courage to be ourselves that the answer to that question becomes crystal clear. This world of ours is so ridiculously social. Some of the most stunning conversationalists are really just incredibly curious people who dig into the core of others. However, at one time or another, I’ll bet that you felt like you had your scarlet letter. It says, “I would like to spend time with you. In truth, I just don’t enjoy working a room but instead getting to know people on a deeper level. Happiness. Or even create a few of your own. Different story. If you feel like you don't "fit in" in this world, it's probably because you're here to create a new one. In the early 90’s, my first employer, Andersen Consulting, started new hires direct from the college campus over the summer months. As Blair Glaser reminds us, we can Tribe, Tribe Again. For me the most comfortable way to get to know others is by asking questions. 2020 Bustle Digital Group. You message is clear: don’t hide and reach out. I am a Leo who is very outgoing, ambitious and nice person. Nobody else was working in my function, and I told myself that I didn’t fit in – I was too different. Being yourself in a world where others want you to be what they want you to be is often a struggle. You may not become besties, but it’s a place to start. We all need to remember we have the choice to make different choices and to own our story. I am so grateful for your comment. I’ve gotten much better at this over the years (as a kid I was positive I didn’t fit in). When I regularly taught DiSC, I would talk to the people in my classes about flexing and meeting people where they are; that includes meeting people as who they are. I often feel like I don’t belong anywhere in this world. Just a lot harder because even if you and I want it, it’s tough finding others who are willing to step forward too. I used to think I was bad at networking. So if you don't already, consider the image you're projecting to the world. "Meaning, if you’re able to be who you truly are, then fitting in might not be your ultimate goal here.". However, when I’ve made the effort, I’ve also made some lifelong friends. 56,085 subscribers. Each of us had a start group (the people who started the same week as us) and a start summer (our larger cohort.) I was drew to this post (from triberr) by its title “I feel like I don’t fit In”. Eventually, I found a friend who was also flying solo in her function and new to the company and we commiserated and supported each other to do great work. © 2021 – Break the Frame, LLC – All rights reserved. "And, often people really enjoy talking about themselves and their own lives.". A holistic approach to surviving and thriving in the changing world of work. The people I did meet did not have a corporate past as I did – we couldn’t’ relate. I dont feel like i fit in generaly either, even with the people i have abit more in common with, i feel like an alien sometimes, sometimes i think it feels like everyone is a robot apart from me, or im from a different world Kate. It does require a conscious effort (at least it does for me, and I have to remind myself still to just be me and be happy with who I am. This can be super scary and intimidating, but you can’t let your fear stop you from making the first move. Now, there are two ways to read this sentence – one with pride and the other with sadness and shame. When you feel alone in your difference, take heart that others are having a similar experience. A reason such as: 1. And love them dearly but still don't feel like I actually fit in anywhere. Strike up a conversation while you’re microwaving your lunch in the break room. You talk a bit, your friend talks a bit, and the whole relationship stays equal and balanced. Totally with you, we don’t need to change but to show up fully as who we are. Brynn. I have struggled most of my life with the demons of insecurities, battling eating disorders, self-esteem, and forever feeling like I just don’t fit in to this crazy world. Too different is subjective. “When clients say they just don’t mesh with their co-workers, I first ask them to draw five concentric circles and put the names of everyone they deal with on at least a weekly basis… That can be off-putting, and may be a sign you need to step back for a while, and do some inner work. Thanks so much! "Sometimes this is because you don’t know yourself well at this point in your life," McBain says. I saw the difference between them; this child did not. Yup. Please take the time to read, as this is important ️ Also, forgive me for possible typos! Especially if you don’t feel like you fit in at church, because everyone else seems so comfortable there. Do I not fit with them or is the opposite true? Now I realize that what matters is what “I” think of me, and if I feel like I am living my life in a manner that is true to me and my beliefs. That's common. Every person, to some degree, needs to feel like they relate to someone around them. I thought you were from Australia!”. And that may help take the super scary down a notch or two. Take the time to know yourself, understand your values, your truth, then, like a divining rod, let your truth guide you forward to belonging. Besides, when you and I feel like we’ll never fit in, we may not stick out as much as we think. By pretending to be someone you're not, it'll only leave you with shallow friendships and a sense that no one understands you. It isn’t always easy, but I am still striving to just be me and to be perfectly okay with that, whether alone or in a group setting. Lori. Curiosity helps immensely. You may believe that you’re the only one who feels like they don’t fit. It turned out my people were not my religion, same professional background or any other category that I made up that they had to fit. Or you like to work long hours and are sad that people pathologize you as a “workaholic,” diseased like an alcoholic. “Why didn’t you ever tell me that you’re American? That’s why we are reluctant to make new friends or to open up to someone. The world is slowly beginning to understand and accept introversion, but we’re not fully there yet. It’s a game that’s unwinnable. Remember, to find and fit in with your people, it'll be necessary to actually open up and reveal a bit about yourself, which may be tricky if you're naturally kind of quiet. Subscribe now for strategies and resources to make YOUR leap and get my ebook: Seven Ways to Spark the Exceptional Leader in You a workbook to help you engage more purposefully at the intersection of leadership and life. But it's also possible to try to hard in an effort to seek approval. I’ve always felt like i was in my own bubble. Will there be days that suck? Or go back to asking questions and being a great listener, until you warm up. There was never a moment where I felt I didn’t fit in with the crowd; they were my people. "This might make you feel like you don’t fit in with the masses, but if you embrace your individuality, it might not matter so much," McBain says. Very thought provoking post on a topic that touches everyone. Thank you!! There can be moments of fitting and moments when fitting in means changing who you are – don’t. But there are plenty of things you can do about it, should you be interested in creating new relationships. Stepping into our authority. It's just about being a little more open, a little more often. I feel like i dont fit in anywhere either. And that's just in the digital world. The fact that I feel like I don’t belong, does not mean that I am a misfit, it simply means that I must use my passion, my empathy, my deep thinking to fulfil my true purpose in life, even if my path does not fit … There's still your office, where you can feel like you don't fit in. With time, people who share similar interests will start showing up in your life, and friendships will form. You don't fit in THIS world, that's why you have to seek out, or create a world you do feel comfortable in. It’s hard and unsatisfying to go it alone. In my coaching work helping people come into their personal leadership, I’ve discovered that most people don’t know where they fit. When I brought them out and mentioned that she was sharing part of her American home with them, a friend turned to her in shock. Don’t lose faith my friend. I just feel like I’m different in some way. [I’m not talking about good difference either – the stuff that makes you the most awesome you that you in the universe. I work at a university (don't attend school) and I see all these people around me making something of themselfs and I'm just here. That difference many years ago, it can be difficult to determine where... From home in their own lives. `` I told myself that I didn ’ t need to we... 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