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How often have you felt alone, unappreciated, or just plain weird? I know I do, a LOT!!
When you feel like a misfit you often tend to turn that into feelings of inadequacy. “I’m not good enough because I don’t do…..”, or self doubt “should I be doing this instead of that?”
Sometimes being a misfit leads you to feeling anger “Stop judging me just because I do things differently!” Often you feel like you are standing outside looking through the window at all the amazing things you could have if you could only figure out how to get in.
Well guess what? I’ve got a secret for you. Are you ready? Everyone is a misfit! Yep you heard that right. Every single person in this world is a misfit in some way. I say embrace it. Love it. Own it!
Being a misfit isn’t bad, it is beautiful. God created us unique for a reason. You are you and it is good. Stop thinking of yourself as a misfit and remember that you are a beautiful individual with your own special talents and abilities. Stop focusing on what you can’t do or don’t do and focus on the amazing things you accomplish each and every day
I may not have beautifully decorated walls, a super trendy wardrobe, or a beautifully manicured set of toes. I don’t do crafts, I don’t like to bake, and I’m not a social butterfly. I’m way too good at procrastinating and making phone calls gives me anxiety. My children’s room looks like a natural disaster and there is way too much whining and bickering going on in this house. Guess what? It’s OK!
I have given birth to 9 little human beings, 2 of them delivered by daddy at home.
I have earned my bachelor’s degree and progressed halfway through my Masters while raising my brood.
I manage to feed my family three times a day, and most of the time it’s healthy!
I have a really high tolerance for the sight and smell of poop (that’s a serious talent, trust me!) My kids do know how to clean a bathroom and do a darn good job at it.
I was a US Marine for 8 years.
I homeschool all of my kids.
I am a writer, artist, and photographer.
I am me. I am unique and I am wonderful.
Next time you are tempted to get down on yourself because you are a misfit, just remember, so is everyone else.
Jane with the perfect clothes and house and toenails probably feels like a misfit because she doesn’t have children.
Suzy with the fun house full of kids feels like a misfit because she doesn’t craft.
Anne with the amazing quilts and blankets feels like a misfit because she can’t cook a darn thing.
Everyone can look enviously through that window and wish they were more.
Each time I am tempted to get down on myself I take an inventory of everything wonderful I am or have done. These things are my life’s work and a life’s work I can be proud of.
Ultimately it doesn’t matter if I’m not crafty and don’t bake because I’ve chosen what’s important to me and I’ve done it the best I knew how.
Figure out what’s important to you, not your husband or your mom or your friends, but to you. Embrace it, love it, and dedicate yourself to it. When you do you’ll probably find that you fit in a lot better than you think, not because you are the same, but because you have something beautiful and unique to add to the amazing group of unique misfits around you.