On belonging and feeling “in place.”

8 Oct

“In the end, I burnt out, caught between the desire to fit in and the desire to be authentic.” I can relate


“Contrary to what most of us think, belonging is not fitting in.  In fact, fitting in is the greatest barrier to belonging.  Fitting in, I’ve discovered during more than a decade or research, is assessing situations and groups of people, then twisting yourself into a human pretzel in order to get them to let you hang out with them.  Belonging is something else entirely – it’s showing up and letting yourself be seen and known as you really are…”  – Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection.

A few weeks ago, while taking a hike with my dad and two of our long-time family friends, I had the realization:  I do belong.  I am loved.  I have been searching for community for so much of my life, and while I can always meet more people I value and who value me, I have had it all along.  And most of…

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