This personal essay is a capsule documenting life in my bedroom and wherever else I’ve spent time since the pandemic upended normal life. Since March, I’ve been daydreaming and losing time through fantasy and writing.
Lauren Cichon is a senior at a high school in Manhattan, NY. She lives in Brooklyn and joined the Girls Write Now community in her sophomore year due to her passion for writing and desire for a more supportive and empowering environment for youth like her. Lauren often finds herself staring into space and making observations about the people around her, whether on the subway or in school. She imagines and creates their stories in one of the several notebooks that she uses to jot down what she notices. She often turns these observations into short stories, doodles or poetry.
This project is inspired by the idea of a “safe space” in a time of rebellion and unease. It features 16 and 17-year-old subjects: Kamilla, Malcolm, Roan, and me. This series, centered around the idea of the teen bedroom, delves into teens’ ability to connect their freedoms and identity to their space. To create this piece about the human experience of life in-between, I’ve photographed and interviewed each participant. The young people in this project share what makes them feel at peace and comfortable in their ever-changing environments.
My piece, “Green Tea. Hot. Mint With Honey” is a reflective personal narrative about a specific vulnerable period of time in my young life.