The Simpsons started on December 17th, 1989. I was in eighth grade and was too grown for cartoons at this point, but I made an exception for this glorious show. I liked the rebellious nature of Bart, but I was clearly much more the Lisa of my family. I was the rule following child who was always trying to do the right thing, mostly. I had a little Bart, but mostly Lisa prevailed.
Lisa was always exactly who she wanted to be. She did not normally care what other people thought. Lisa taught me that it is okay to be weird and different. It took me a long time to actually apply this lesson, but I am glad she helped me understand that it is okay to be different. It is acceptable to not be into what other people are into.
You would think in this day and age, that young people do not experience this, but I see it the same as when I was in school. Kids are wanting to be liked and fit in. The major difference is that nowadays they compare themselves to people on social media, Youtube, and a variety of other outlets. As a kid, I honestly would just compare myself to other people in my school, and a few times people who appeared in sitcoms or movies. I am looking at you here Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains) and Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future), probably two of my biggest guys who In thought were cool growing up.
Ir is sad to see my students comparing themselves to so many people, especially to people who are probably using filters to make themselves better. I hope they can find a Lisa to let them know it is okay to be different. I just hope for them to find other people who can let them be themselves.