The Men Who Don't Fit Inby Robert W. ServiceThere's a race of men that don't fit in,A race that can't stay still;So they break the hearts of kith and kin,And they roam the world at will.They range the field and they rove the flood,And they climb the mountain's crest;Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,And they don't know how to rest.If they just went straight they might go far;They are strong and brave and true;But they're always tired of the things that are,And they want the strange and new.They say: "Could I find my proper groove,What a deep mark I would make!"So they chop and change, and each fresh moveIs only a fresh mistake.
And each forgets, as he strips and runsWith a brilliant, fitful pace,It's the steady, quiet, plodding onesWho win in the lifelong race.And each forgets that his youth has fled,Forgets that his prime is past,Till he stands one day, with a hope that's dead,In the glare of the truth at last.
He has failed, he has failed; he has missed his chance;He has just done things by half.Life's been a jolly good joke on him,And now is the time to laugh.Ha, ha! He is one of the Legion Lost;He was never meant to win;He's a rolling stone, and it's bred in the bone;
He's a man who won't fit in.
Everyone who resists or shuns the path in life prescribed for them by a society built on status, power, progress, and materialism will inevitably feel as if they "don't fit in" whenever they come back into contact with that culture. Money has a loud voice. But it's not the only voice that matters, and it's easy to forget that in a society where we are increasingly disconnected from the things that make life worth living.
This line especially makes my bones cringe:
And each forgets, as he strips and runsThere is definitely an increasingly big part of me that wants to settle down, start a family, an help to build an honest community based on fairness and sustainability. But never does that image involve me being a "steady, quiet, plodding one."
With a brilliant, fitful pace,
It's the steady, quiet, plodding ones
Who win in the lifelong race.
For me, "winning" is building fulfilling relationships, trying new things, experiencing everything life has to offer - gain and loss, success AND failure - without fear or judgment.