Do you ever feel like you should be someone you’re not?
The desire to fit in can do that.
Trying to fit in prevents you from owning all aspect of who you are, because you end up hiding the parts that you think others would find unacceptable.
It’s a way of shrinking into a lesser version of yourself, as you reject parts of yourself in order to be accepted by others.
But when you hide parts of yourself, you’ll never feel like you belong, because you aren’t actually being yourself.
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“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
“Belonging to ourselves means being called to stand alone — to brave the wilderness of uncertainty, vulnerability and criticism.”