After three days in a housecoat, many canceled plans and missed calls, I knew I was deeply depressed. I needed a good cry, but I didn’t want to go down a rabbit hole of journaling my feelings. Eventually, I answered a text from one of my sweetest friends, and she highly recommended that I watch ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ because she knew it would pull at my heartstrings and force the tears right out of me. I was highly skeptical, as I thought it was a cheesy coming-of-age flick but I was happily surprised. It turns out that it’s a mental health based flick and my friend was more than right.
The story is about a high school freshman, Charlie, as he attempts to navigate high school as an awkward teen. He eventually connects with a Sam and Patrick, who identify as ‘misfits.’ With many twists and emotional turns, as the movie concludes, Charlie finally has the feeling of belonging. And I bawled my eyes out.
The movie got me thinking about ‘acceptance’ and how I was feeling at that very moment. It’s what we as humans really crave, especially while we’re developing our identities.
My thoughts started moving towards how my friends, especially my lifelong friends made me feel connected to the earth and helped me feel like I have a purpose. As I sat in my housecoat with dried tears on my face, I started longing to hear my old friends voices again.
I picked up the phone and called one of my oldest friends, and we chatted for hours. I told her how I was holed up in my room for days and my friend gave me the empathy and laughs that I really needed.
I still can’t believe how a movie was able to jumpstart me out of my funk but ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is a special movie. It will now be my go to when I really need to be around friends that truly understand me. I highly recommend you watch it and make sure you bring a box of tissue too.
If you or a loved one you know battles with any Mental Health Issues, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.
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