We’ve all had that moment.
A friend invites you to hang out with people you’ve never met before, and it soon becomes apparent that they do not see the world like you do. You crack a joke that’s not appreciated and then voice an opinion too quickly, soon feeling the tension rise and the emotions stir as buttons are irrevocably pressed and judgments are hastily made. Of course people remain cordial, faces frozen with pained smiles, all hoping to avoid appearing hostile. Eventually, you decide to just nod and smile, in a silent effort to just blend in, before making a speedy exit when socially appropriate.
We’ve all been in situations where we feel like the odd-man-out; it is an inevitable part of life. However, if you become comfortable with being uncomfortable, you can really help to train yourself for more growth in discussions, an expanded worldview, and a greater variety of experience. Birds of a feather do often flock together, but with those kind of benefits, it is easy to see that those birds should definitely find new friends.