Friday, March 14, 2014

On Your Own

“It's strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.”
The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a teenage character who was not very outgoing. It was his first year in a new school which can be pretty intimidating. He didn't really have friends and kept to himself. Who could blame him? Being a freshman in high school is tough. It's hard trying to make friends among so many different people. It may be easy for some but can be difficult for others. Not being able to find where you belong usually leads to loneliness. Being alone is something all of us are probably familiar with. Like Charlie, we have all been at one point on our own. Reading this book, Charlie seemed like a past version of myself: introverted and conflicted. He was so easy to relate to and I could really feel his struggle. Why is it that being alone is such a common feeling? Why do we feel lonely even if we have others around us? Can this feeling be amended?

I plan to talk to peers from my other classes in person. I rarely talk to them but I'm curious to see what they have to say. I like discussing this with strangers and acquaintances because it helps me get a sense of who they are. It also bring up so many unique insights and opinions that I had never heard before.


  1. I think talking to people about feelings of loneliness is a really good way to go about getting some feedback on this. I agree that most people have felt lonely at one point or another, and I think that hearing what people have to say about it personally will give you some good insights. Do you plan to ask them those specific questions you listed?

  2. I probably will ask them these question just maybe phrased differently. Changing the way I ask them and bring up the topic will most likely happen too. I always like to change it up instead of saying the same thing.