|Reviews for Ability To Understant|
| espialkwoatali chapter 1 . 12/12/2013
It showed what you felt while being informative at the same time. BRILLANT.
| Dr Daley chapter 1 . 9/4/2012
Wow.. This has alot of meaning, I love it! :)
| FixedUrFic chapter 1 . 8/15/2012
It seems our misunderstanding earlier has arisen from a simple difference in definition. My experience with individuals self-identifying as "emo" is, unfortunately, colored by posers and self-entitled children. For example, one of my friends in high school went through a self-professed emo phase and *pretended* to cut herself to get attention. And, yes, it is confirmed that she was faking. She also pretended to be a lesbian but now that we've all moved on she has a boyfriend. Imagine that...
From what you write here, I can tell that your struggles are legit, and, by my definition, struggles are not a part of being emo. Emo, to me, has always been a schoolyard label no different from jock or nerd, etc. It's an assortment of hobbies and general behaviors which we use to categorize each other, whether we like it or not. And there's nothing wrong with it at all. You like what you like.
The pain and the cutting is completely separate from your identity as an emo, though, from where I stand. You don't cut because you're emo, you cut because you're troubled; and, as you say, it's absolutely not something to tease. It's perfectly legitimate, and I respect it.
I'm really glad you made the comment you did on my Rant. It's made me think a lot about how emerging terminology can have completely different meanings, or at least implications, to different people. And I apologize again for the confusion.
I hope you manage to work out the troubles you have. Best wishes. :)
| FlamingHooligan chapter 1 . 8/12/2012
Kids can be so mean. Sometimes they just don't mean for it to hurt so much but it still does. The music is what helps me through it all, and I'm glad that you mentioned music in your essay.
| steph135 chapter 1 . 8/11/2012
thank you for this. you have shown me a new perspective on emos. no, i never really made fun of them but i never really understood them. i guess i still dont, but you have shown me that they are not just attention-seekers, that they have just been hurt badly and dont know any other way to deal with the pain. i think it's horrible to make fun of anyone but it's even worse to make fun of someone who is in so much emotional pain. thank you again for this, i wont forget it.
| The Cat That Lied chapter 1 . 8/7/2012
Personally, I agree with you. Emo people are just that-people. They cry. They smile. They feel. We are not different from them. We, no matter how much we deny, can also become like them (I mean, there's one point in a person's life wherein he/she couldn't take the pain of reality anymore, right?) one way or another.
I remembered being one just recently. I was having problems and I didn't know who to talk to. I couldn't talk about it to my family seeing they were the cause of it. I couldn't talk to my friends knowing that they'd just laugh about it. So what did I do? I cut myself. I wanted to forget the pain and just wanted a brief respite. No one noticed. No one cared.
Days later, though, I hated myself for it. I mean, how could I be so weak? How could I have stooped that low? (I know what you're thinking, but that's what I really felt) There are so many people in this world-I'm not alone.
So, after that realization, I started fixing myself. I didn't tell anyone about the cuts, but I managed to fix myself. I wasn't whole yet, but I was close to it. I did things that I didn't know I liked until I started doing it-writing and reading.
Anyway, in other words, emos are not supposed to be taken lightly. I mean, who would want to be hurt just to be popular. That's right. No one. No one likes to be depressed. And people laughing and making fun of emos are the ones that have something wrong with them.
I truly liked this piece. Thank you for sharing.