I’ve always been very good at fitting in,

at living out someone else’s expectations.

My challenge has always been to do my thing.

 

I’ve always been very good at trying to be everything to everyone.

A never-ending task.

Only to end up being someone I’m not.

 

What I was after,

was other people’s approval and validation.

(Like me, please!)

 

And what I got was me

not liking me

anymore.

 

What I really wanted,

was to be liked and accepted

for who I am.

 

But that will not happen

as long as I’m trying

to be someone else.

 

So now I’m learning to be very good at being me.

Embracing my ideas, my voice, my style,

so I like me for who I am.

And others can do so too.

 

This poem was inspired by a blog post from my friend and fellow life coach Joanna Weston, who wrote these beautiful words

“What I really want is to be liked and accepted for who I am, and that will not happen as long as I am trying to be somebody else.”

in this blog post.  Her words inspired me to write a poem-y blog post on the theme of fitting in vs. standing out – something we’ve all been struggling with at some point in our lives.



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2 Responses to The truth about fitting in.

  1. Lenny says:

    Beautiful…. 😉

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