The Breakfast Club and Promises To Myself
In The Breakfast Club, there is one scene where the five of them are all sat in a circle, talking about their parents. Emilio Estevez’s character says we all our dissatisfied with our home lives, otherwise we would never leave. And then Ally Sheedy’s character says that we all become our parents, that it is inevitable. When I first watched The Breakfast Club, this scene stuck with me. It made me think. Was I dissatisfied with my home life? Was I going to end up like my parents? I didn’t know. I thought maybe I would. What did I know? I was a kid. I first watched The Breakfast Club probably when I was fourteen. That was before everything in my life got hard. Fourteen was easy. Some days when life is getting really tough, I sit down and wish for fourteen again. But I know that fourteen is not where I want to be. I want to be eighteen. Twenty-one. Older. Older and away from here. If I was offered the chance to go back in time, I would say no. At the point of my life I am in right now, I just want to keep moving forward. I don’t want to regress, because that would mean that I would have to live it all again. And who on Earth wants to do that? Certainly not me. Not after what I have had to go through to get here, to this point. This is my stepping off point. This is where I begin, and I don’t have much of a choice. I have to go forward from here. Going back is not an option. Fourteen year old me, watching The Breakfast Club and wondering about the future. I wonder what she would think of me now. I was blessed with having parents that loved me. Not everyone is blessed with that, and I was. Unfortunately, my parents are not perfect, as they are human beings. And it hurts when you realize some of the people you love the most have failings, and big ones. It is disconcerting, as they were who you looked up to and depended on for most of, if not your entire life. You aren’t expecting to get smacked...
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