This. This whole post. I didn’t belong, either. I wasn’t wanted anywhere. I may not be a pro at reading body language, but I could read enough to know that I wasn’t normal, and I wasn’t included. Rejection hurts. Feeling odd, when you’re only being you, hurts too. I can very much relate to this whole piece. Absolutely brilliant!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼❤️
When I was young, I received constant messages that I didn’t belong. I was weird, and I said things others didn’t understand, largely because I was making intuitive leaps that they couldn’t follow, or because I was working off of detailed information they didn’t have. I didn’t grasp that at the time, of course. I mean, I was a little kid and they were grownups — of course grownups would know more than I did! But when it came to my interests, they often didn’t. They weren’t the ones spending long afternoons reading the encyclopedia, after all.
Perhaps because of things like this, I also began receiving messages that I was gifted. I was praised for being very smart, and for picking things up faster than other kids did. I was admonished for getting impatient with other people, and told that not everyone could learn as quickly as I did…
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