I have never fit in. I’m always out of place or out of sync. I perpetually feel like I’m on the periphery, an outsider peering in. I am an actor, trying my best to seem cool, confident, and put together. Normally shy and introverted, I frequently create alternate versions of myself to feel safe, wanted, and included. Over the years, I’ve grown accustomed to living outside of the spotlight. To be honest, I prefer it. Every day I remind myself that normal is overrated, anyway. It’s a constant struggle, not only to accept my differences, but to be proud of them. They are a collection of puzzle pieces that make me who I am. I just have to find enough courage to share those differences with the world. I’ve come along way in my quest to love myself. Granted, I still have a long way to go, but these days the journey doesn’t seem so far. I just want to find a place where I belong.