How a floater feels

Past the age of 14, I’ve never felt like I really belonged to any one “group.” I tend to be the person who has friends who identify with different friend groups, and thus have pretty much always felt like the floater – in other words, the loner who didn’t belong anywhere. Sometimes it’s been a bit liberating in that I’m not completely defined by the group I am with, and other times, it’s invariably been a bit lonely. And when I have tried to get these different friends of mine together, they never seem to “click.” My last birthday party made it pretty clear to me. So now, as we are all getting older and more set in our ways and in our people, it seems harder to make friends who want more than just superficial associations and people just “to do stuff with.”

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