Do you ever feel like no one understands you?
How you feel? Your humor? Your off putting affinity for skulls? Your not so secret desire to live on an island?
Do you ever feel so alone?
Maybe you share some of those feelings and maybe you have some quirks of your own that make you feel ostracized sometimes.
I can relate. Some days, it feels like “Ostracized” is my middle name.
I don’t regularly do the two seemingly most common American activities: drink alcohol and watch tv.
If I had to guess, I would say that on average, I have about one martini every 8 weeks and watch about 1-3 hours of internet videos a week. I watch no regular tv shows, even though I do plan to catch up on “The X-Files” soon.
Do you know what these facts make me? Well, they make me almost a social pariah.
People are so strangely uncomfortable when I tell them I don’t drink much and I watch almost no television. They think that I’m odd, and technically, they’re right.
I feel odd and I feel misunderstood.
I use the examples of television and alcohol as somewhat light hearted examples, but I’ve also often felt deeply misunderstood, sometimes even telling myself that I will NEVER find someone who understands me.
Well, here’s the thing: IT DOES NOT MATTER. So the f*ck what?
Recently, I was listening to an Eckhart Tolle talk and he addressed the ongoing need that we can sometimes have to feel understood. And of course, when our version of understanding does not come, we make ourselves feel miserable. We tell ourselves horrible things, like no one will ever understand, or we are terrible for being so odd, so on and so forth.
But all of those things are unknown. Maybe you’ll find the jelly to your peanut butter. Maybe you’re just a singular, delicious nut spread.
Regardless, the better focus is on understanding yourself. There’s so much focus that we can develop on what other people are giving us that we neglect to give ourselves anything.
So, maybe your family thinks you’re nuts? You might actually be a little weird. Maybe no one does understand you.
Do you, who has the most access to you,understand you?
Then you’ve already got enough things to do.
So many, in fact, that you might not have much time to watch the tele.
Until tomorrow my friends…