The fear of not belonging is
Perhaps you’re all too familiar with the uncomfortable sensation of feeling like an outcast caught in the middle of polarized shouting of opinions. It might happen when watching the
But, while it might feel like you’re all alone in this middle ground, the reality is that less than 37% of members of political parties actually feel warmly about their own party. Those living in the political fringe are true rarities, although they can be pretty darn vocal. The rest of us? We’re stranded in the middle alongside you feeling alone, but in reality, not alone at all.
As Black Sheep ourselves (by company name and by personal calling), we want more people to understand what it means to truly belong. And belonging together is not about agreeing 100% of the time. We live in a world of nuanced opinion and, instead of shaking our fist at our differences, we actively seek out the beauty in those nuances.
Sure, we might not have identical opinions on literally everything (mushrooms on pizza, best ’90s hip hop artist, presidents, etc.), but that is exactly what makes each of us interesting and worth talking to. There’s some damn good company in the middle, just saying.
As Brene Brown says: “True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”
Your unique voice and your personal conviction
What are we doing here? As an agency whose work revolves around organizations who affect change in the world, Black Sheep is investigating what it means to be an activist in 2019. This post on activism is a part of something bigger and you are too. Read on and join us as we #AgitateActivateAffect.