May 5, 2014

Lizzy’s story 

Back when I was eleven, I thought I was an outcast, but looking back now, I realize I was not. I had a good group of about ten friends, but I felt like I didn’t have real friends.  Some of my friends were even popular, yet I still felt sad and worried.  I was a good student. I liked to play piano, play outside, and do arts and crafts.

When I got older, things got better. I am very thankful for the life I have. I work with children and teachers, and I take care of my kids. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.

The Fact’s About Lizzy’s Story

Lizzy reveals a very important lesson. Almost everyone feels like an outcast.  Even with a group of friends, at one point in life, people can feel alone, and it’s okay to have these feelings. Everyone feels alone once in a while.

You just have to love yourself.

Lizzy and many other of the people interviewed realized that high school is just a little part of their life. People move on. The people interviewed all had activities to distract themselves. They eventually got to a place they liked in life.

If people realized that almost everyone feels like an outcast at one point in life then we would all realize we are really not alone. We are outcasts together.

“Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh when we learn where the outcast weeps,” wrote American author Brennan Manning.

 

*Stories are from Glen Rock residents, students, and faculty members; names have been changed to protect their identities.  

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