There have been plenty of times when I felt like an outsider at events. Just last month, I was at my cousin’s 35th birthday party. A lot of my family members where there and even more of his friends had showed up. I went to the party just to show my face and had intentions on leaving after we all sang happy birthday and had cake. Seeing how I didn’t drive to the party location myself, I had to stay until it was over. I was the only one there who was under 21 so I felt really out of place. My cousin, who is a year older than me, left early on that night. Everyone in the party was drinking and having a good time, while I sat on the sideline as the “purse watcher”. Things started to get worse when they played songs that I liked and wanted to dance to. I just had to dance from my seat. Once the party was close 2 ending and the lights came up, I started feeling a little more awkward when his friends who are in their 30’s and 40’s started trying to talk to me. I just smiled and shook my head. I got a laugh out of it in the end but it was still weird. Once we all got to the after party, I felt a little more comfortable because we relocated to his sister’s house. Everybody was talking, playing cards and enjoying the night together as one big happy family.