Reflection On The Outsiders

917 Words 4 Pages
The Outsiders by S.E Hinton showcases a story where the readers are allowed an inside look into the personal lives of the characters, the popular crew and the “outsiders.” For me, I have always felt a mixture of an insider and outsider for a few reasons. But I learned that no matter what it’s important to be true to myself and be nice to others. I want to think that I am a funny person, so with my humour i was able to connect to everybody. In school, as everyone does I tried to find some friends, the people who I can connect to. In this time I met a lot of different kinds of people, and made different friend groups. I’d like to think of myself as a “social” type of a person. I was able to connect to different groups of friends, transition …show more content…
Then in Math class i made a joke that even my teacher laughed. I told my friend Tom “Hey Tom! Look under there!” Tom said “Underwear” then everyone started to laugh, even my teacher! But my teacher got me in trouble for making this joke. I got detention even though the joke it made her laugh too. My teacher also got Tom in trouble because he thought it was “staged” but Tom only lost his recess. The next day I went to school i decided not to make any jokes. When i stopped making jokes i got in trouble less, and got better grades. Even tho i stopped making jokes a lot of my friends, were still my friends. Actually, I ended up getting more friends because of it, well, i think so. Then I went home and decided to not make jokes as often as I did. Now I dont view jokes as something to say so i can fit in or defend myself. I view jokes as something i can say once in a while to make everyone around me feel happy, or get them in a good mood. Sometimes I say jokes because i am in a hearty mood, or just for kicks. But now i am comfortable being myself and not saying jokes constantly over and over again. I just want jokes to be signal that I'm ok and everyone else is ok. To lift those who are not as happy to share my happiness with …show more content…
By doing my little experiment of not telling jokes for a day, i was able to realize that my friends still wanted to be friends with me no matter, even if i was serious or not. Stressing yourself to categorize oneself as the insider or outsider, is quite time consuming. And you should only care about what you think of yourself rather than others. It's better to be a good person with one friend, than a unkind person with thousands of friends. Lastly, i learned that it's important to realize who you are and not worry about an image to keep up with in order to fit in as an insider or outsider. I use to think of myself as the class jokerster and i would try to keep it up. But i learned that i don't need to keep that image up. My true friends have been my friends since first grade, even when i didn't tell jokes. Today i know it's best to be your true self and to follow what you believe in. Jokes to me are not really a way to defend myself but rather a way to help everyone smile a little bit more. Smiling and laughing is the best medicine, as so they

Related Documents