Different people have different understandings about growing up. The three texts we have studied this term, “Short Story Harvest” compiled by Walter Mc Vitty, “My Left Foot” by Jim Sheridan and “Good Will Hunting” by Gus Vas Sant, convey the theme of growing up. In my understanding of the topic, growing up is not easy. Since it is full of difficulties and challenges, we will learn to be stronger and more mature with others’ help. It is a way to become independent, and involves others’ participation. It is also an opportunity to know ourselves as we are growing.
The first thing I have learned is that to never make assumptions about others based on their appearance. We can only see the appearance of a person but not their talent. Making assumptions about others based on their appearance is very silly, because everyone is different from others and is special. For example, in the movie “My Left Foot”, Christy Brown suffered from cerebral palsy that only left movement of his left foot, so many people around him thought that he was intellectually disabled. But he overcame severe physical limitations to succeed. No one knows what will happen in the future so we should respect whoever it is and whatever he or she looks like.
I also learned that we should never give up in our life. When the difficulties come, it is very important to be strong and diligent. In the movie “My Left Foot”, everyone except Christy’s mum believed that he is brain-damaged. He begins to shatter this perception by using his left foot and a piece of chalk to scrawl a one-word message on the floor. Using his left foot, the only part of his body not afflicted, Christy learns to write. He never gives up and grows up to become an accomplished author and painter. Christy is a good example to show us that we should never give up or lose hope, it’s not the end of the world, believe in yourself and keep on trying, you’ll find that there’s nothing impossible in the world.