There’s a Kurt Cobain quote that goes: “They laugh at me because I’m different; I laugh at them because they’re all the same.”
For me dealing with a physical condition meant I didn’t fit in, but children are cruel that way. Unless they’re taught how to accept and live amongst other children who are different, they will always single us out.
Whilst not fitting in can emotionally make things more difficult, it also becomes obvious to others when children don’t fit in and that makes us feel more isolated, but perhaps we shouldn’t feel pressured into thinking we need to fit in. That’s the problem, we really just need to be ourselves.
Experience and life has shown me that it’s important to get on with life. It’s important for us to fit into our own lives, more than trying to fit into other people’s. We can whinge, complain and moan and continue to feel different, or we can be proactive and get on with things.
Personally, I believe life isn’t about us fitting in, it’s about making our own life count. That’s one of the most important things we can do and this is what I’m doing.