What This Means to Me

By: Tessa Rubino

As young people in a new generation of technology and advancement we often find ourselves lost when trying to connect with those of the past. Yet, quotes from years ago still hold resonance with us because the emotions we feel are the same. The quote I’d like to talk about in particular is this one by Frida Kahlo:

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought, there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”

Reading this quote, what I basically believe it’s saying is that though we as people may feel alone with ourselves sometimes and feel misunderstood, someone is feeling that same way. That connection creates a sense of understanding and comfort among the human race. You don’t even have to have the same exact situation but knowing that someone is out there feeling the same as you, makes you feel in unity with someone, even if you haven’t met them.

The reason why I believe this quote holds importance in relating to young people’s lives is that, being a young person, this quote really made me feel a sense of comfort and hope. The reason for this is because I often feel misunderstood and judged. By finding people whom you can connect with, can help you through anything. The fact that I find so crazy is that though we all look different and  have different experiences, at the end of the day, there are huge things that connect us as people. For example, it is a known fact that we were all birthed out of a female and were created from a sperm and an egg. We all have felt emotions. We’ve all felt lonely. Within this generation that I’m in, I feel that we are judged for being on our phones too much, or being too dramatic, when in reality, we are just people trying to navigate ourselves and our feelings and how they play out in our lives. That is why I believe this quote holds importance for our young generation because we are still living our lives and feel lonely and misunderstood. Knowing that somewhere, not even by feeling flawed but everyone has felt pain as you have and joy as you have. Finding a group of people with whom you share similar emotions and experiences can help you learn and feel connected.