There are two students in my school who are very much aware of whatever darkness resides within them. I’ve had the pleasure of having them as students, and they are probably two of the most interesting people I’ve ever known. And I know that they struggle with many things, probably on a daily basis. I know that they feel like many people don’t understand them. Most people will probably never be able to understand them or have the pleasure of knowing what deep, caring people they can be.
I immediately thought of them while watching The Perks of Being a Wallflower. So today, I made sure to find them in the halls and tell them that I thought they’d really enjoy the movie. But I didn’t want to be too adamant about that because people who feel misunderstood often don’t want to have someone else assume an unjustified level of understanding. Not sure if that made sense. Anyway, I think they both seemed intrigued by and possibly excited about the movie. I’m pretty sure that they’ll like it, and I hope to have a few conversations with them about it soon.
I don’t want to talk about the movie too much, but if you know the story, all I’ll say is that Charlie’s realizations about himself toward the end of the movie (not the specific trauma he went through, but everything after that) felt exactly like my mind. I don’t want to spoil anything for people who don’t know the story. But the stuff he says to Sam about pain that he sees, and then how he realizes that he has to take care of himself too really resonated with me. I’m being so vague so I feel like I’m not really saying anything. Whatever. If you understood any of that, then I’m happy. Just ignore me if this made no sense.