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I Feel Like a Puzzle Piece That Doesn't Fit Where I 'Should'


I Feel Like a Puzzle Piece That Doesn't Fit Where I 'Should'


Everyone is a puzzle piece.

Where they go to work or school or to sport is their spot. With the spot I have at school, I don’t fit. I’ll either have to change the edge of my puzzle piece and lose what makes me “me” or I’ll break and my puzzle piece will never be the same. My piece doesn’t fit at school and pretending it does, hurts. It hurts to have my edges worn away and my unique shape changed. And it makes me angry my purpose in life seems to be to fit in and lose my own shape as I go.

This world and this life seem to be so focused on making everyone fit that it loses the beauty of differences. I have ADHD. I have obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). I have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), seasonal affective disorder (SAD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and more. But this is not bad. This is me. This is the “me” the world wants to change. This is the “me” with perfect grades and a kind heart. This is the “me” who loves puns and pasta.

Why does this mean I must change? Just because I don’t learn or behave the same way as everyone else. All I’m asking for is for the world to relax the spots it gives us and let us move and change and grow to fill spots of own making.

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