If you go about searching for exclusion
And disqualification in the world
You will surely find it.
And that does not mean it’s all in your head:
It’s really there
But your insecurity makes it that much more so.
What really bothers us sometimes
Is that people seem to discern from afar
What we wrestle with intimately
And spend our lives trying to conceal:
A deep, deep sense of inadequacy.
Exclusion and loneliness
Is as much a consequence of the story
We tell ourselves
As it is the way we are treated.