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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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A televised edition: episode three—soap opera

Penelope O’Meara
“It’s a silhouette photo of you in a parking lot at sunset; that’s dramatic.” -Sofia Hargis-Acevedo

I constantly convince myself that I am free from the first-world problems that others my age are plagued by, but in reality, a soap opera is continuously spinning around me—I am in the center of the tornado, not in the eye of a hurricane.

Melodramatics cloak me in a haze as I navigate a stage that everyone experiences. Everyone else is jogging around the hurdles, but for some reason, I find myself leaping over each of them, knocking each one to the ground as I can rarely make a clear jump. I can’t lift my back foot high enough.

I isolate myself and listen to tracks for tragedies—my tragedies that would only be appropriate as a mere frown. I can’t find sleep or the will to turn off my alarm for the same reasons; each shameful memory forces my head to sink into my pillow like a ball of lead into the lowest of lows.

And then there are the highs. The highs so skybound that I am constantly rocketing after them. My hours are filled with roaring laughter for jokes that weren’t funny and neglect of anything of importance. We chase down people who don’t even pay mind to us, and I find myself thinking of others whom I’ve convinced myself reciprocate my behavior.

I’m coming home well past my curfew with a stupid smile plastered across my face; I could have gone on to run over to the next house and joined their party with no limits. I’m hugging girls I don’t know and high-fiving boys I’ve just met; I take on dares that I wouldn’t fathom doing alone.

My life is ripping along yet stagnant in all the wrong places—stagnant, but never neutral.

It’s a teenage soap opera, and my issues are trivial—I’m not nearly mature enough for career struggles and economic tribulations. My life is ripping along yet stagnant in all the wrong places—stagnant but never neutral.

Despite the gaudy and frankly ridiculous nature of soap operas, there is something that brings me comfort: nothing is of any consequence in a soap opera. Teenagers are as flippant as the fluctuating days that pass, and I am no different, but I can bask in the relief that it is only a natural part of the swirling funnel.

Yet, I cannot help but wish the undulating highs were not so high and the lows were not so low. I occasionally desire a lazy river—a state of simple content. However, I’m in a teenage soap opera, and I have a role to upkeep.

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Eva Harshman, Editor-in-Chief
Eva Harshman is a senior who is thrilled to be entering her fourth and final year on staff as Editor-in-Chief. Apart from writing for The Central Trend, she enjoys riding her horse Thirsty, spending time with friends, and watching her favorite TV shows for hours on end. She is also an avid competitor in Odyssey of the Mind alongside her teammates who also happen to be her best friends. Although she tends to stick around the people she knows best, The Central Trend has broadened her horizons beyond compare. Being a part of Room 139 has taught her so much; she has met so many people thanks to The Central Trend.   Favorite type of story: Editorials Pets: A bunny (Georgie) and a dog (Leon) Dream vacation: Tokyo, Japan Favorite books: The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie MBTI and Enneagram: ENTP-T 8w7

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