Ponyboy is a deeply reflective and artistic person, and he thinks deeply about topics such as these. He is frustrated by his "station" in life, because he knows that underneath, he is much more than what his physical appearance and reputation might suggest. Ironically enough, the Curtis brothers were living a fairly convention, middle-class life until the loss of their parents; the oldest brother Darry was a good student and football star at the local high school, with a promising college career in front of him. Ponyboy, the youngest, is interested in books and writing, is a good student, and has none of the tough-guy personality that his appearance might suggest. This comment reflects his frustration about the social groups that define kids his age; he is well aware that the group known as the "greasers" is really the only family he has. To reject them is to be completely alone in the world, yet associating with them has created a reputation for him that is not authentic to the kind of person he really is.