Totally with you, we don’t need to change but to show up fully as who we are. I just currently turned 22 and I'm doing nothing with my life. My daughter did not have an Australian accent and apart from her newly acquired Australian phrasing, sounded like she was from the USA. You’re right, what matters most is what you think of you. A ton of days that are in-between? 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. 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 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. If I reach out people more without thinking about whether I will be fit … I have always felt outside the circle. Each of us had a start group (the people who started the same week as us) and a start summer (our larger cohort.) 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. The people I did meet did not have a corporate past as I did – we couldn’t’ relate. However, when I’ve made the effort, I’ve also made some lifelong friends. Besides, when you and I feel like we’ll never fit in, we may not stick out as much as we think. You know how this story ends. Don't offer a story of your own, try to one-up them, or launch into a monologue, Paul says. Of course. 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. If you are reading this article, it probably means that you feel this way too and are looking for answers. I am a Leo who is very outgoing, ambitious and nice person. “If you feel like you don't fit into the world you inherited it is because you were born to help create a new one.” ― Ross Caligiuri, Dreaming in the Shadows. Like you, my default is to hang back. Great post and will share! I want to go to school but can't due to financial reasons even with fasfa. Will there be days that suck? "If someone is too quiet during social interactions, it can make getting to know them on a personal level very difficult," McBain says. Because I always feel this way all my life. Not shying away or denying who we are in an attempt to be accepted by others. 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. It takes time, and may require a few tweaks to how you think or move through the world. You might be drifting in and out of friendships, and never really settling in, because you don't know what you're looking for. Most Viewed Posts of 2020 to Help You Lead and Thrive, A Better Way to Ask "How Are You?" It’s scary but a choice worth owning – will I be me or who they want me to be? To me it seems most people are motivated mainly by greed and fear, and are almost exclusively focused on themselves. I am so grateful for your comment. If you’re human, and I’m guessing that you are, you’ll have moments of feeling like you fit and others where you’re alone, even when amongst the crowd. So go ahead and confidently be yourself. I care for Animals & Nature more than humans. There can be moments of fitting and moments when fitting in means changing who you are – don’t. Just a lot harder because even if you and I want it, it’s tough finding others who are willing to step forward too. May be it is because I was the only girl among 5 brothers. Like somehow you don’t belong here on this Earth? 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. While you may think you have to tamp down your uniqueness in order to fit in, it can actually be quite the opposite. It all serves as a near-constant reminder that people are out leading much more social lives with all of their friends. Especially if you don’t feel like you fit in at church, because everyone else seems so comfortable there. Pay attention to what specifically triggered that feeling for you. There were no women working from home in their own businesses in my immediate contacts. When you lack a sense of belonging, it can be painful. Always awesome posts! Join the club! I have great friends. Leading with curiosity! I often feel like I don’t belong anywhere in this world. You don't have to change who you are or pretend to be something you're not. “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… You message is clear: don’t hide and reach out. You message is clear: don’t hide and reach out. If I reach out people more without thinking about whether I will be fit in or not. The result may be different. When you feel like you don’t belong in the place where you’re standing now, ... you don’t belong to the place where you have to hide your true self in order to fit in. I feel like i should add some more details to my question. Some of the most stunning conversationalists are really just incredibly curious people who dig into the core of others. Some days I still want to just be a recluse and hide from the world around me. "Sometimes this is because you don’t know yourself well at this point in your life," McBain says. Don't feel like I fit in with this world? 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 But the problem wit me is different ,the problem is not that I dont fit in but I dont have freinds , i never had . "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. "And, often people really enjoy talking about themselves and their own lives.". Ideal, right? Reach out because you want to, because you’re inspired to and because you’re drawn to connection. "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. [Tweet “When you hold onto your story, you make it come true.”]. 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. Let go of the outcome and do it without yearning but truly for you. Or maybe it's just where I live? Yeah it happens. Most people do love to share their stories with someone who genuinely wants to hear them. and sometimes when you really want to go thres no body to accompany you. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of starting with a new company, you too have had new colleagues but may not have felt that way. This world of ours is so ridiculously social. I find purpose in seeking out Joy. Different story. [I’m not talking about good difference either – the stuff that makes you the most awesome you that you in the universe. And yet, there are things you can do to get by. I just feel like I’m different in some way. I remember the first days of Freshman year – what a beautiful time of openness and willingness to make connections with anyone and everyone. I find people completely bizarre most of the time and am genuinely baffled by their actions. 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. I’m terrible at meeting new people in large groups. A holistic approach to surviving and thriving in the changing world of work. Goals vs. I sometimes feel I belong in a different time, different planet, universe, etc. 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 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. Thanks so much for adding your insights to the conversation! It's also possible to not try hard enough, which might be the case if you're always waiting around for people to come to you. We can’t fit in until we discover who people truly are… curiosity is the way to go. It’s hard and unsatisfying to go it alone. Hi Alli, 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. It stinks when you walk into a new company or social situation, and the clique is so tight that there’s no room for you to squeeze in. You may relate more to floating, doing your thing to the best of your ability until you find “your people.” Those colleagues, who may one day be friends, are simply strangers at the start. fulfillment, "Meaning, if you’re able to be who you truly are, then fitting in might not be your ultimate goal here.". If you don't already, consider being more intentional with your personal style, as a way of drawing people in. There was never a moment where I felt I didn’t fit in with the crowd; they were my people. personal leadership, { 24 comments… read them below or add one }. Do I not fit with them or is the opposite true? While this habit might be difficult to break, consider how it might cause you to put up a wall, or project standoffish vibes. Here are some words of encouragement for introverts who are searching for … If you’re feeling isolated consistently, it’s hard to believe that things can and will change. The phrase “fitting in” may be part of the problem. Misfits don’t even have to say a word for the other person to feel stripped of their facade. Brynn. Your world view or personality is different than the norm. personal development, Some stuck while we moved on from others but in the process, it was filled with connection and meaning. "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.". Very thought provoking post on a topic that touches everyone. It evokes an image of squeezing and limiting rather than giving and blending. “Reach out” was a suggestion I zeroed in on. I thought you were from Australia!”. 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. Helps to take the pressure off too. Its OK to be shy. Unfortunately, the overwhelming feeling that I wasn’t meant to be there became a self-fulfilling prophecy, and I left. Ouch. 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. They have groups, lead, go along, but never really know who they are when they stop being busy. It’s the negative feeling around your difference that drives your nervousness and makes connection feel out of reach. So if you don't already, consider the image you're projecting to the world. 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. I was drew to this post (from triberr) by its title “I feel like I don’t fit In”. A reason such as: 1. 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 … With that, when the two meet, with humility in the mix, there is room to create shared understanding and forge new relationships. 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. Knowing that others experience the same concerns is definitely a great reminder of how we are all so much alike…just as we have our differences…like a good balance. 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. I feel like i dont fit in anywhere either. So how can you fix it, if you want to feel better? 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. I will definitely be sharing! As Blair Glaser reminds us, we can Tribe, Tribe Again. This can be super scary and intimidating, but you can’t let your fear stop you from making the first move. Then you melt in, becoming something other than who you are to fit in. When I started working my first job, I had instant friends and colleagues. I see this thread is a couple of years old, so I don’t know if anyone will even read this..just thought I would share my thoughts. "Not fitting in can affect us both psychologically and physiologically," she says. They don’t know you. 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. Every one of the 7.5 billion humans on the earth has value to offer, especially now in a distributed world where you can get things done through networks. 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. Move on a be you. I liked “Know Yourself”. 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. You don't have to commit an entire evening to a party, McBain says, but it never hurts to attend events. Kate. I dont go out with anyone. I recently had the experience of not fitting in with a training program I was attending. Once you do, you might notice that you feel a little less isolated. I have only one friend he's the only friend that's been with me for 7 years. To address this, leadership coach Marian Thier recommends one activity in particular. Powerful. It says, “I would like to spend time with you. 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. But pay attention to where and why you're putting in that effort, as it may all be futile. Yes! I am 22 years old and live in Virginia.. Thank you!! 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. I don’t belong here.”. Authentity is expansive – what a fantastic point to remember and carry forward. When I realized that difference many years ago, it changed the way I interacted. I'm lost. I was drew to this post (from triberr) by its title “I feel like I don’t fit In”. Thank you! From the moment I walked through the office doors, I was alone. Like I just don't get people and why they do the things they do. Tagged as: the fact i hate is that everyone asks me why are you alone , they feel pitty on me. You are not alone. This can be tough to overcome, but is something you can work on over time, or with the help of a therapist. But until you know who you are, you’re just playing a game that isn’t any fun. The Break the Frame manifesto is a running start for the leader in YOU. In truth, I just don’t enjoy working a room but instead getting to know people on a deeper level. There's still your office, where you can feel like you don't fit in. Your perspective will definitely help people get over their resistance and give it a go. At one time or another, we’ve all felt like we’re the “odd man out.” The worst part is when we convince ourselves that everyone notices that we don’t fit in, and our only choice is to hole up wait to be rescued. Simply listen, and they'll be more likely to do the same for you, thus creating a deeper connection. I tend to hang back and wait for others to ask me for coffee or lunch. And that may help take the super scary down a notch or two. Be chatty, be nice, ask people about their day. Know yourself and be open minded are two elements that help me be comfortable in meeting new people in new situations. I'm not human. 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. 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? The world is slowly beginning to understand and accept introversion, but we’re not fully there yet. Yup. 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. After all, not everyone is a center-of-the-circle, life of the party type. If you feel like you don't belong, there's a very good chance you don't, and this isn't a bad thing! Here's How To Feel Grateful Instead. It’s hard to feel as if you belong when your identity is not well established. They can cut through the noise, right through to the heart of the matter — and this puts people off. When I broadened my identity, I found my tribes. We hold our differences to keep us safe when in truth all they do is keep us separate. If you feel like you don’t fit in and are constantly drained from trying, know that you aren’t alone. Happiness. It may indicate underlying problems you’ve been ignoring all this time. The next time your friend tells a story, try to really hear them. Stella! Excellent post Alli! Reaching out is a compliment to the other person. I have been living so isolated with my parents in the country for 10 years now and have not had any friendships or social contacts in that time (except for a rare one year within those years and that ended with myself having a breakdown from abuse.) Thanks so much! Then, of course, one day, I worked for a new company. All rights reserved. However, at one time or another, I’ll bet that you felt like you had your scarlet letter. Curiosity helps immensely. I hear you. change, Monthly Series. That's common. 2020 Bustle Digital Group. And school, where you might be the "outcast." There's still your office, where you can feel like you don't fit in. 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. Crazy. 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