Dear Younger Me,
I know that you try to not let it bother you when you’re left out, not invited, and not included, all in places where there should be inclusion. I know it does bother you, though. You feel like you’re not good enough, but that’s not true.
But your heart is a treasure, and who you surround yourself with is important. Don’t change yourself to fit in, don’t let go of your values, and don’t let the feeling of being “unwanted” define you.
If I could do it over, I wish I would have taken more of those moments and found someone else who needed included, and I wish I would have worked to include them. This doesn’t mean you need to create your own clique – I despise cliques in team dynamics. It just means work to be an includer for the others who find themselves outside the circle, too.
Remember the woman at the well in the Bible? She felt like an outcast in the entire town. But Jesus knew everything about her, He didn’t leave her out. Jesus doesn’t leave you out, either.