We’re all terrified of seeing it all from the outside,
Of being the “other” who doesn’t quite fit in,
Of being seen as different from the general consensus,
Of being cast aside and “missing out on the ride.”
The outside can be painful and will always carry risk,
Filling you with self-doubt which surrounds all you see,
Stringing you along one lonely night to another,
Isolating your wish as your vantage of the crowds shift.
But the outside is so very essential and human-saving.
The outside provides a vantage point few let themselves see:
It provides a point of view not drenched in group think;
It offers lessons in empathy for the shortcoming of humanity;
It gives clarity to the sins of the accepted commonplace;
It gives ingenuity and hope for what everyday life should be;
It gives the ultimate ability to question what society takes fore granted.
Indeed, I hope you have the gift of someday feeling the uncertainty
Of standing on the outside looking into the mainstream lives
Which too often demolish, burn, and destroy
The very livelihoods we claim bring us joy.
I hope you someday see from the outside
To help us all better build a world of justice and peace.
–Written by Sandy Heights
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