Just You

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
Dr. Seuss

There was a time when I would try to fit in.  I thought being like everyone else would make things easier.  It wasn’t easy, it was too much on me to be something  I wasn’t.

I remember trying to fit in the first few weeks of middle school.  I thought I was suppose to be like the other kids, and it would be easier to make friends, but I soon realized that I didn’t like some of my potential friends, and to continue the friendship would make things harder for me in long run.  They were outgoing, and boisterous.  I was quiet, laid back, easy-going, and far from outgoing.  I couldn’t keep that up long-term.  I couldn’t do it.

As I grew up, I had a hard time figuring out where I belong, so I’d often find myself amongst people like the kids from middle school.  It wasn’t on purpose, it was just the way things turned out.

By high school, I think I had found my niche.  I didn’t figure it out completely, but I was on my way.  I had a great group of friends.  Friends who just accepted me just the way I am.  Quiet, laid back and not a social butterfly. They knew I was never going to dress to be trendy, but for comfort.  They tease about my love for reading but with good fun.  They didn’t get offended when I didn’t go to a particular party, because they weren’t expecting me, but the surprise on their faces when I did show, made my discomfort worth it.

What I learned was, I’m a little different, but there is nothing wrong with that.  Things will fall into place.  I don’t have to be anyone but myself.  Friendships and relationships are stronger when your secure in who you are.  I am what I am and I feel no pressure to be anyone else.  I’m just me.

Writing 101 Day 5:  Hook em with a quote. Use a quote or passage from something you’ve read to introduce your post.

2 thoughts on “Just You

  1. Wow. You put that really well. I identify you with the quiet, not social and not outgoing. I’m not laid back though and I never tried to fit in with more outgoing and boisterous people. However, I did seem to draw some to me. It kind of makes life more interesting to accept yourself as you are while having friends who are pretty different from you.


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