2 months ago
I've always felt like an outsider, like the black sheep. I’ve always been more sensitive and felt things more deeply than others around me seemed to. I questioned what I was told and entertained ideas and opinions that were different from my own. I was in touch with my emotions and expressed them without hesitation. I didn’t feel like I ‘fit’ into the mould that was mainstream, Western life; I always felt there was more out there calling for me. With each step I took away from the life I was born into, I felt more and more at ‘home’. I embraced my introspection and open-mindedness and went out into the world like a sponge, absorbing perspectives and lifestyles I never knew existed. With each year that passes, I develop greater humility as I discover just how much I don’t know. I become progressively more self-aware, committing myself deeper and deeper to a life of continuous exploration, reflection and growth.
But not everyone is in a position to understand a life of exploration in both the physical and spiritual worlds. As my interests, lifestyle and language become more ‘hippy-dippy’ (as I’m often described), I struggle to relate with family and friends I’ve known for years. I often feel lonely when navigating the 'Western world', struggling to find people who want to go into nature and into our minds, rather than going to a bar and getting out of them. In the physical realm, all I can figure to do is continue seeking connections and making myself available, while keeping myself busy with my own projects and practices. Deeper down, I have to consciously remind myself that not 'fitting in' is actually a blessing. It's enabled me to be my most authentic self and to live a life of travel and experience, of transformation and freedom. And I love it.
So, today, I want to know… What aspects of your mentality, values or behaviours (or otherwise) have made you feel like a black sheep? And how do you manage the challenges that come along with being ‘different’ in this way?