I have often been an outsider. People would assume I’m always at the heart of everything but I’ve been very callously cast aside by many groups and people. It appears I can be ‘too much’ for people at times. There was a group of ‘Social HR’ practitioners I was a big part of in 2010-2016. Around 6 or 7 of that group very deliberately turned their backs on me and whilst it bothered me for some time, it taught me a LOT about how fickle people can be. I haven’t lost anything by not being in their clique anymore, and it strengthened how much I value those who’ve stuck by me.