I Am the Woman Who Doesn’t Fit In – I Am Like You
I was the girl who moved schools countless times across the country because my parents moved jobs, moved house again and again.
I was the girl who moved to a different country, to a different hemisphere and felt like the world had turned upside down.
I was the girl who ‘looked funny’ as I wore different clothes and carried a different school bag.
I was the girl who ‘sounded funny’ as I used different words and had a different accent.
I was the teenager who felt awkward and childish as the other girls developed signs of growing into young women before I did.
I was the teenager who sat on her bunk on school tour without any of my closest friends, not feeling brave enough to approach anyone else while other groups of girls huddled on theirs.
I was the student who had a philosophy or belief that was different to my family’s.
I was the young mother who moved country, and hemispheres, again, with a husband, toddler and another baby on the way.
I was the neighbour with lots of questions and always wondering whether the invitation for tea was genuinely meant and whether I had overstayed my welcome.
I was the young mother choosing which other mothers to hang out with based on our approach to parenting.
I am the woman who feels like an outsider everytime I open my mouth to speak as I don’t sound like everyone else, again.
I am the woman who sometimes sits in the corner and wonders whether I have chosen the right outfit to wear and am saying the right things.
I am the woman who knows she is different.
Because I know we are all different, even when we’re surround by those the same as us.
I am the woman who knows that our differences don’t make us any less worthy or unloveable.
I am the woman who knows we all feel different, or alone, or out of place at times, and therefore we are all like one another.
I am the woman who sometimes steps out of that place of aloneness to connect with other women.
I am the woman who is unique and yet shares common loves and passions with other women.
I am the woman who knows we have potential for great love, that we are dearly loved.
In many ways I am like all other women.
And in my uniqueness I am just like you.