Revenge of the Nerd
“You must have been popular in high school, huh?” said a coworker of mine.
Unfortunately, I had to correct him and share with him this story and preceded to explain how severely unpopular I actually was throughout my school years. That was quite the fun conversation… but what was odd was how surprised he was. He just couldn’t believe that I wouldn’t have been popular in high school.
Let me paint you a picture.
I had this long, thin (but big) curly brown hair with zero shape. I had zero sense of fashion and wore clothes that were too big for me. But looks aside, I was not sociable. A lousy and lazy student. I was the chubby girl. I was the drama girl. The music girl. The art girl. The photographer girl. The journalism girl. The clueless girl. I carried a lot of demons. I had maybe 2 friends I saw outside of school. And I kept to myself.
What amazes me, and still amazes every day is God’s sense of humor and redemptive power. I am not a prom queen now by any means, but I’ve somehow become popular in these few years since high school and have experience things I never thought I would. People want to be around me. People ask my opinion. I am “fought” over for my attention at times. My introvertism doesn’t paralyze me in social situations. I am told I have a sharp wit about me (likely just sarcasm). I have some 450 blog views a day. I’m working on getting healthy and losing weight. I’ve traveled abroad. I fight for those who can’t find for themselves. I am friends with authors/speakers/pastors from all over. And I am even beginning to write my own book.
They say that the nerds, the outcasts, etc. get their revenge someday, showing up all those who belittled them in high school. And while I don’t think I am quite doing that (and I don’t mean to brag now), I am finding a lot of freedom and much solace in my new found esteem and popularity. And through humility, I pray that I will never forget what it was like to have no one want me around.
I am thankful for this blog community because in a way – I think you’ve really helped contribute to it: through allowing me this platform to open up and getting comfortable just being real with people. Even if I can’t see your faces.
Speaking of popularity… links are love. Link me, and I will link you. If you want to be added to my link love page, just let me know.