Personal Statement : The Ribbon On My Wrist Essay

1006 Words Nov 7th, 2015 5 Pages
I’ve got troubled thoughts and the self esteem to match… what a catch. I can’t stand being grounded, I can’t stand being trapped because these bedroom walls become my only friends, but they were there from beginning to end… I haven’t seen my friends in six months, I just wanted my hair cut. That’s all I wanted and I don’t understand why it’s so wrong, why is it so wrong to want that? The ribbon on my wrist says ‘do not open before Christmas’ but I’m a stich away from making it and a scar away from falling apart so I better get it together. I’m trying, I really am. But I can’t stop the song lyrics from becoming my life when I start to believe they’re true. (Lyrics in italics from Fall Out Boy except for second one, from Pierce the Veil).

Grounded. There are so many synonyms for the word… prison, insanity, death sentence. It’s not over dramatic. It’s true. Parents do not realize how horrible being completely cut off is. It does things to you, terrible things. For me, it melts the walls between reality and the songs that mean so much to me. Severe punishment, in the form of “grounding” has an extremely negative effect on teenagers because this causes many feelings such as depression and suicidal thoughts, insanity, and aggression, which can lead to incidents of lashing out at other people.

A major warning sign for depression is the feeling of hopelessness, of giving up (Web.Md). When parents ground a child for long periods of time, or from everything all at…

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