To stand out, or to fit in, that is the question.
Be strong enough to stand alone, be yourself enough to stand apart, but be wise enough to stand together when the time comes. – Mark Amend
Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out? – from What a Girl Wants
This is a battle I have constantly fought, all of my life. I never “fit in” a mold. Not saying I was an outcast, I had many acquaintances but very few friends. My favorite analogy in life is “Like biscuits popping out of the can”. But it fits so perfectly. On the outside you look normal, like all the People in the crowd (or other cans on the shelf) but inside you are just waiting for the right opportunity to bust out of your shell.
It gets uncomfortable fitting where you don’t belong. Biscuits have an expiration date on them. After a certain amount of time pretending to fit in and be something that you aren’t, you lose your worth, you lose what is unique about yourself and then you spoil. You become angry, bitter and unhappy with everything around you because you see the world as the thing that forced you to become someone you aren’t.
Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make. – Eckhart Tolle
We are unique individuals that possess talents to make the world a better place if we seek to use those talents for the better of the world instead of squandering them to fit in with the social crowd. Who cares if you “fit in” when you can leave a lasting legacy with your family, friends, community and world and be known as someone who stood out among all the other faces in the crowd.
” When your walking solo, don’t look down. Instead, look within and realize how capable you really are. “Jamie Koppi - The College Ungrad