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'Are you here with someone?

This simple question can still crush me & make me feel so small.

Yesterday morning, my wife pushed me to get out of the house for a bit.

Been working way too much lately.

So I decided to do some fishing off the docks of the marina we live by.

We just got a membership so that we could store our kayaks.

I had visions of a quiet little morning, audiobook on, sipping coffee, probably not catching anything, but who cares.

But that was shattered almost as soon as it started.

A woman approached me and asked.

'Excuse me, but are you here with someone?'

Clearly implying that I wasn't supposed to be 'there'

How could I be?

I don't fit the stereotype of a 'marina club' member.

I must have been trespassing right?

A pure menace, you know me.

But there I was having to 'defend' why I was indeed 'allowed' to be there.

She was surprised but could tell also still doubting me.

I felt so small.

I felt embarrassed.

I was the only.


It sucks.

I shouldn't have to feel that way.

I'm tired of it.

I'm sharing this story, not for your sympathy, don't need or want it, I'm a big boy.

But because there are others 'onlys' that are dealing with this too.

Keep on fighting

Keep on rising.

You are not small.

You do belong.

Kevin Dorsey
Inside Sales Top 10 Sales Leader at PatientPop
Sam Schooley
SDR Consultant at Vendition
this is terrible :(.  thanks for sharing your experience KD!
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