Outsider Looking In

Writers’ Trigger:

Sarah and I have been watching old videos of The Wonder Years. What a fabulous time-trip that TV series is. So many movies and TV shows age poorly. When you see them in later years, you just want to shoot them – put them out of their misery.

But The Wonder Years is an exception. The series played in the late 80s, but the show was set in  1969 – a defining year in terms of social and political change. The main character is Kevin, 13 going on 14. The show revolves around his trying to find his feet on the sifting sands of adolescence and junior high school.

Adolescence is a rocky road as Kevin struggles with growing up and longing to belong. But interspersed with the 1969 storyline, the adult Kevin looks back and as the narrator, he interrupts from time to time to give a more seasoned appraisal of what he was thinking and feeling. Sometimes his comments are so poignant, my heart actually clutches. 

  • Self-discovery and that longing to belong are two universal themes. Feeling like an outsider is universal too. Think back to your adolescence and build a story about longing to fit in – to belong.
  • Sometimes this longing to belong leads to making unwise choices. See where that thread takes you.



Kitty (you read about her a couple of blogs ago) sits inside looking out. How she would love to get her hands on that bird at the feeder. She sits motionless. Only the tip of her tail twitches.

She’s inside, but she belongs in the jungle.

About timeout2

I have lived 100 lives. I write essays, short stories, poetry, grocery lists and notes to myself. If I am ever lost, look for a paper trail, but be careful not to trip over any books that lie scattered here and there. I am a reader. I am a reader in awe of writers. When I don't live in Westcliffe, Colorado, I live in London where I am a long-time member of Word-for-Word - Crouch End.
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