Friday, July 19, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Belong

I walked into the room that first day and looked around. So many new faces. It was overwhelming. I found a little corner and just sat. Observing. Wondering what on earth I was doing there.

I wanted to belong.

I wanted to be part of the inside joke that the group two rows in front of me were laughing about. I wanted to know who the person was that the girls to my left were discussing. I wanted someone to walk into the room and yell out my name.

But no one knew me.

No one rushed over to sit by me. As I opened my book, and then proceeded to half-fake my way through the day, I kept thinking about belonging. It was something I was desperate for. Something that I had never really given much thought to up until then. At least, not at school.

Because my school consisted of me, my two brothers, and my sister. And when I left the desk in my room that I had done my school on for 12 years and walked into another room filled with desks and strange faces and new-ness, I experienced culture shock. I spent the next few months adjusting to the new culture. The one where your school desk wasn't 3 feet away from your bed. The one where your mom wasn't the Principal.

And the thought of belonging kept coming back to me. Over, and over. And slowly I started to notice something. All of the people in that room were just like me. They wanted to belong. And because of that common thread, we all did belong.

6 comments:

  1. ' I wanted someone to walk into the room and yell out my name.'
    Hey, stopping by from Lisa-Jo's site, and enjoyed this. Haven't we all felt that way. Someone see me. I see you. :)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I think this topic is one that we can all relate too!

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  2. Awesome way to engage in meta-cognition. You are a pretty thinkie lady. Keep it up. There is more to discover ;-)

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    1. Thanks! I get the thinkie-ness from my father ;)

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