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    Jaded

    There was a time I knew who I was. It was very long ago, back when I was still in grade school. Back then – back in the 90’s – I could care less if people liked me. I was comfortable in my own skin, as weird as it was, and I thrived on moving through life to the beat of my own drum. It was a period in which I made many forgettable enemies, but also made many unforgettable friends. Those who gravitated toward me were those who saw me for who I truly was and found they enjoyed that version of David Alderman. Those who hated me hated…

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    Don’t Shy Away From You

    Chameleons do it. So do wallflowers. Stick bugs even do it. Each blends in with the environment around them so as not to be noticed. Some use it as a defensive tactic. Others use it simply because they want to be left alone. But in today’s social environment, does it benefit us to blend in with our surroundings? I struggle with this on a daily basis. I’ve been struggling with it for most of my adolescence. I don’t want to be noticed. I don’t want to be called out. I want to blend in. I want to hide. I want to be just like everyone else so nobody will find…