Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Sometimes, we have to reflect. On what we have, on what we’ve achieved. On what we are going to achieve. Often, people put us down, often we put ourselves down. We underestimate our ability. But, why is this? Why do we force ourselves to be someone else? To fit in to the perfect box in which people can safely see us.

Films, movies – however you pronounce the word. Is a way in which individuals can express themselves. Often, films deal with the ‘outsider’, a character in turmoil, someone who must often go on a physical and mental journey to discover who they are.

A director who is famed for his portrayal of the ‘outsider’ is Tim Burton, known from his films such as ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘The Corpse Bride’ and a whole host of other films which deal with the ‘outsider’.

As viewers, we can take comfort in a director who is keen to introduce to the harsh world of Hollywood – who are perhaps the greatest bastions of what it is to be ‘accepted’ in society. To the outsider. To the person who is comfortable with who they are.

So, take comfort in who you are. Take comfort in where you will go and who you will be when you get there. These days may be tough.

“But why think about that when all the golden lands ahead of you and all kinds of unforseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you’re alive to see?” Jack Kerouac, On the Road


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