3 Lessons I Learned From Ponyboy Curtis From "The Outsiders"

3 Lessons I Learned From Ponyboy Curtis From "The Outsiders"

We Aren't that Different After All
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Ponyboy Curtis of "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton was a strong willed character who attempted the halt the feud between two social classes called the "Greasers" and the "Socs." This was a bloody feud that killed a few and harmed many. After Ponyboy lost his best friend Johnny while he was saving school children from a burning building, he found the fighting to be pointless. He could see what others could not.

Every Greaser and Soc were just kids who were dealing with their own kind of hell. Why should differences such as social class encourage so much fighting? There is so much that can be learned from this fictional character, and a lot of his ideas can be applied to the kind of hatred that we see even today. Here are 3 lessons I learned from Ponyboy Curtis:

1. “Things were rough all over, but it was better that way. That way you could tell the other guy was human too.”

Whether we realize it or not, everyone is going through something that we may not understand. The grass is not always greener. While the Greasers had to drop out of school and work to support their families, the Socs had drunken parents who never had a care in the world when it came to paying attention to them. Both groups felt abused and alone. Every single person has some kind of issue they have to deal with, so it is never safe to assume that someone has it completely made. This is what makes us human; it's an equalizer.

2. “Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset.”

When talking to a Soc girl, she is surprised with how much the two of them have in common. A lot of the time we are fed falsities about people who are different than us, and it may take us by surprise to find out that they are quite similar to us. While the Greasers and the Socs felt themselves to be very far away from each other, at the end of the day they were watching the same sunset every night.

3. “They weren't looking for a fight, they were looking to fit in.”

Many people may feel pressured to fight by their friends and peers. In many cases as well as of the Greasers and the Socs, it was a matter of honor. Not many of these people wanted to fight at all, but they were so attached to the social label and group they belonged to that they felt obligated to stand with their friends and fight for whatever the popular opinion was. There needs to be a greater acceptance of people with different opinions, especially at a time where so many have been harmed for thinking differently.


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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

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Final Date: Summer

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5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

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Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)

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Final date: Summer

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8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

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9. The Affair (Showtime)

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Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

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