Laurie Anderson did a piece in the movie Home of the Brave regarding popularity and binary numbers. I’ll paraphrase: she says that there is only room for one number one and nobody wants to be a zero. The problem is, there is very little room for the rest of us.
It’s funny ’cause it’s true.
I was never the popular one. Not growing up and definitely not in school – when it seemingly mattered most. You want and even need to be accepted. I had friends, but like all kid’s relationships, it was conditional. I guess that’s true with adulthood, but most of us (not all!) are better equipped to shrug it off. We grow thicker skin. We become stronger. We become smarter. We find a subset of our cohort that likes us for us.
With that, I’ve been fairly lucky. I have some really good friends whom I keep close. Then there is even the peripheral friendly folks who I see time to time, but don’t touch base with on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis.
One of ‘those’ people sent me an email yesterday that spurred this post – and made me laugh. It is an on-line quiz to test on how cool you were in high school – what crowd you ran with, etc. The test says it’s pretty accurate – and I probably can’t discount it in the slightest. Test yourself out if you dare.