Monday, July 4, 2011

Extensive Reading (Chapter 1) - Naveena Menon

What are your thoughts and feelings about depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues.

Being depressed, lonely, heartbroken, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front seem to be very common nowadays.

Heartbreaks are caused by broken bonds and relationships. When you are heartbroken, it can be hard to cheer up and you feel like just giving up and shutting off from the rest of the world but by doing that, you are not allowing yourself to move on and be happy. You have to just let go of the past and move on, cherish the memories but don't let the past prevent you from experiencing the future.  

In my opinion, the rest of the emotions are caused by people not being able to accept themselves or others for who they really are. Society has clearly evolved over time and the current society’s idea of perfection, of beauty, of success and of achieving happiness is clearly quite different from what they were before. For example, some people think that being beautiful means starving yourself so that you can be stick thin and applying truckloads of makeup such that you hardly resemble yourself anymore. And how could they not start to think that way when most of the advertisements around us are featuring stuff like whitening creams or weight loss supplements or fashion magazines featuring stick-like models who look like they would be blown away by the slightest breeze. There are some people who are easily influenced and try to immolate the models or actors/ actresses they see and those who don’t are left feeling different from their peers, sometimes even treated like outcasts. Another example would be gays, lesbians and bisexuals who are sometimes discriminated by others. These people are treated differently because of their sexual preference.

Thus, some of these people try so hard to be what they are not, put up a front, just so they are accepted. Some even become depressed and this can lead to more serious outcomes such as self harm or worst case scenario, suicide. Some are left feeling lonely, because they are treated like outcasts just because they are different. But people have to realize that there is so much more to others around them then what brands they wear, how thin they are, who they choose to get into a relationship with or how much money they have. People have to stop prejudging others before they even getting to know them. People have to start accepting themselves as well as others for who they are and not try to be someone else. Everyone is unique and special in their own way. Why would you want to be a carbon copy of someone else when you can be you?

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