It’s hard to grow up in the suburbs and not feel insignificant. I live in a town of approximately 7,000 people and it can get pretty lonely.
I spent most of my 13th and 14th years wishing I could escape my small town and surround myself with an abundance of like-minded people. I was so bored and tired of being in the same place, and I really believed that it was impossible to have fun or create any memories worth anything if I wasn’t in a huge city immersed in a crowd of people.
Over the past few years, I’ve taught myself that I can’t wait for my “LIFE TO BEGIN” when I move out of my town and into a city—I have to learn how to embrace the suburbs, or simply my own company. This is a pretty tough thing to do, especially after so many years of narrowing my ideas of what has the potential to be memorable.
One thing that helps me feel important is indulging in movies, TV shows, music, or any and all kinds of art with a narrative glorifying life in the suburbs. Consuming this type of media has helped me change my perspective, and has given a voice to the small-town heroes we don’t always see on the big screen. Through characters, I can find parts of myself.
Growing up in a suburban neighborhood and feeling alone can be so draining and discouraging, but with a change of perspective, these years can still be memorable.