Like all kids growing up, at times I felt out of place—at school, at church, with friends and even in my own family. In early elementary school, I longed to play the more organized games of the “big kids,” making myself out of place with my peers but not belonging with the older students. Like many others, this feeling grew as I entered the awkward stage of life that is adolescence and was bolstered by the themes of many coming of age stories. Like Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, the account many young people hear is that leaving home—especially for those from small towns and the middle of the country—is the path to success and shedding the feeling of not fitting in.
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