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Embrace Being Out of Place

Over the course of my life, I have often felt “out of place”.  It wasn’t that I was socially awkward, but I never really felt like I fit in even amongst my peers. Growing up as a child, I was somewhat quiet, except around those that I felt comfortable with and trusted. I could always discern and still can discern people who have good intentions and those who do not. As a child, I was too young to understand or even comprehend why I felt that way, or why a settle nudge would commence, as soon as someone walked in the room that caused the energy and good vibes to drain from the atmosphere. As I moved into my teen years, I wanted to fit in, so I ignored those feelings, which sometimes led to unfavorably consequences, lost friends, and bad decisions. As I got older and I started to become closer to God and the holy spirit, I began to understand what discernment was and how even as a child that was one of the gifts and ways the holy spirit speaks to us. It was by God’s love, self-love and acceptance, I began to not only embrace who I was and not feel so awkward.  Fast forward to today, I still feel out of place at times, however I am more comfortable in my skin and in knowing who I am. I recently met a woman, who shared her concern of not fitting in or feeling out of place at an event we both attended. My initial reaction was “Seriously, why? ”  Then, I realized, I’m not the only one who feels this way and I will not be the last. I have come to realize that everyone is in their own story, dealing with their own perspectives on life, and we are pretty much all out of place and misfits in some shape, form, or fashion, and that is okay. For me, being conscious and aware of these feelings, and embracing it is all good with me.  

Fitting in allows you to blend in with everyone else, but being different allows you to be yourself, to be unique and to be more creative” Sonya Parker

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