Do you ever have that feeling that you are invisible to other people? That you are there, but not enough to have you be a part of their conversation? Or maybe they wish you weren’t there because they might have more fun without your presence?
When I first saw The Princess Diaries many moons ago, I was introduced to a few things.
- My doppelganger, Anne Hathaway before she shaved her head for Les Miserables.
- That I wasn’t the only person who felt invisible.
I have never been the loudest or the most outspoken. I have never been one to have all the answers or someone who will tell you when you are wrong. I like to listen to all sides of an issue, and I like to observe people instead of be the center of attention.
It’s easy to become invisible to certain people. It really bothers me when I am sitting in a room with people and the others are acknowledged and I am not. This doesn’t happen all the time, but it does happen. And it just makes me think back to when I was younger and insecure. I always thought that because I didn’t have a ton of friends, wasn’t popular or wasn’t the prettiest girl in school that I was invisible. I thought people didn’t care about me so I didn’t speak up and didn’t really let my voice be heard.
I still struggle with speaking up and being heard, but I do feel like now I’m more comfortable speaking up. No one wants to feel invisible. No one strives to be invisible. No one aspires to be invisible. If you have ever felt invisible like I did, we need to band together and strive to be noticed and heard.
I don’t want to end up getting sat on like Mia. And you shouldn’t either.
Have you ever felt invisible?