As I live my life, there have been times when I have felt I belonged – and times when I have not. I remember those days as a teenager when I felt awkward and did not always feel that sense of belonging. I felt out of place, felt that I was not good enough. As I have aged, though, I have realised that often my sense of belonging comes from within me and my own confidence.
I have found myself in situations where I ought not to have belonged: working in a school where I was the racial minority, spending time in a country where the people around me did not speak my home language, holding the status of immigrant in a land across the world from my country of birth. And yet in all these places I came to feel a sense of belonging. I learned to adapt, to accept, and to enjoy my new environment.
At the moment the most important sense of belonging that I feel is what I experience at home. The love and acceptance of my husband and family give me the strength and courage to reach for my goals and desires. I am able to move places of work and to think of doing new things because I know that they will support me in what I do. Each day I wake up, I feel secure. Each day I come home from work, I know that love will greet me. Each day I know that I belong.
Do you feel that you belong?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: belong)