Have you ever been Stuck in the Middle Seat™ on a long flight? It’s not very fun, is it? No room to stretch out, people on both sides of you who are oblivious to the fact that you have no place to put your baggage … or your elbows! This can lead to some pretty long, uncomfortable trips.
Taking this a step further, being Stuck in the Middle Seat™ can also represent any number of uncomfortable, unpleasant things in life. Of course, at its most basic and literal level, it’s a physical location. You’re in a house, office, or environment that is uncomfortable. Perhaps it is too noisy, you don’t get along with your neighbors, or your basic safety needs are not met. More often, however, it is a metaphor for a state of mind or an attitude. You’re in a career, relationship or “place” that isn’t optimal, yet for some reason you don’t take the steps to change your situation. In essence, you’re stuck. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Moving beyond being Stuck in the Middle Seat™ is a challenge all of us face, sooner or later.