Posts by Lukas Speidel

Lukas Speidel is the founder of Guides for Growth—a spiritual blog for open-hearted individuals looking for guidance and inspiration on their growth journeys. Lukas recently ended a basketball career, and he now aspires to write, travel, and further his spiritual growth. You can follow Guides for Growth on Instagram here.

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How I Stopped Feeling Like an Outsider by Being Honest with Myself

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Bernard M. Baruch

As a young boy, maybe in fourth or fifth grade, I came to the realization that I was an outsider.

I didn’t like playing video games after school, I played basketball while the other boys played soccer, and most of all, I didn’t like the unpleasant and sometimes bullying tone that had formed amongst my good friends.

One good friend in particular—let’s call him Theo—I considered to be my best friend.

For years, we celebrated birthdays, …