I came on to this post through +A.V. Flox
's share and I have to say all your stories are amazing/inspiring/poignant.
I have to echo +Michael Lewis
's sentiment about how it gets to a point where those people from high school no longer matter. I received an invite to a 10 year high school 4 years ago (oops, looks like I just gave away my age) when I was in New Zealand. I declined the invitation because I figured I was not going to fly to Australia to meet a bunch of people that I haven't spoken to for a decade and I've never liked in the first place. I have a friend (probably the only one I still keep in touch with, and infrequently too) from high school who said he might go just out of curiosity about what everyone was up to, but I didn't care - I literally couldn't care less - especially when they are so many other interesting things for me to care about.
I love what +Charlie Hoover
wrote "...once you find your niche, it gets amazing" - and it did for me. Without going into details, I'm now getting paid fairly decently for doing the very thing that made me a target during high school, i.e: being "nerdy" and being into things like science, and biology, and dinosaurs - you know, the kind of things that I post about now on G+, the kind of thing that constitute at least a part of my day job (reading about, learning about, writing about, and experimenting on biology). And you're right, we seem to have formed a community of former outcasts here.+Valerie Stewart
- yes, yes, and yes. It also makes me feel sad for them (just a bit) - "Really? High school? But...that means it's all downhill for you if that really was the highlight of your life..." Yeah, I really, really
did not like high school.
I'll just repeat a few things here that I wrote while commenting on A.V.'s thread:
To any current high schoolers, I would tell them this - those people picking on you now for being different - they don't matter. Don't let them break
you into conformity. They will grow up to be boring and tedious adults or be consumed by their hate, but you, you get to be interesting and have a personality
- and it is something that they can never grasp nor understand.
To those small-minded haters, to paraphrase a great line from the BBC drama series Spooks
- "Hate is a cancer, let it eat your soul, not mine."