I facilitated a group workshop yesterday, for children and their parents in Auckland, with many ideas that are reflected…
I’ve always felt ‘different’, weird, that I never ‘fit’ anywhere, but from an early age I made a decision to use that to my advantage, and enjoy the benefits of feeling like a misfit. There are many. You don’t have to conform or follow others’ should’s/ have to’s/ can’t’s, because you don’t fit people don’t know how you ‘should’ behave, or what ‘box’ you belong in.
You’re never IN with the IN crowd, which means you’re never OUT either!!
You build enormous resiliency and self-belief, you can sing your own song and sail your own ship excuse the metaphors), you have freedom to BE, and learn how you ‘tick’, without pressure to be someone else.
It’s because I felt I never ‘fit in’ that I’m comfortable standing out. I have the ability to see the world differently, and that allows me to help my clients do the same, to break free of conformity, and find their own ‘groove’. It takes courage to face the fear of possible judgement, criticism or being left out, but it’s worth the ‘risk’.
I’d argue it’s more of a risk to not allow yourself to be who you really are.