The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower ★★★★

Countdown to my 20s - Day 2/6:
This movie was my first time ever seeing mental illness and trauma recognized and illustrated. I remember watching this in middle school and being so moved by the depiction of the difficulty in coping with trauma.
Middle school, for almost everyone, is the most uncomfortable and formative stage of life. You’re full of hormones and acne and you spend every day feeling self conscious and confused but feeling like you shouldn’t be. So you pretend you’re not.
This was the first time I realized I didn’t have to pretend like growing up was a fairytale. 
I spent those awkward pre-teen years of my life stuffing down emotion and ignoring pain and trauma, which created the bad habit of presenting myself as perfect and refusing to seek help.
Looking back at those years of my life, I think of this movie and how it made me feel comfort and acceptance and nostalgia for something I’d never even experienced.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower has its imperfections but it’s filled with youthful angst and self reflection. It reminds me that when it feels like things can’t ever get better, they do. And I want to take that with me into my 20s.

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