Popularity

From Daily Prompt – When was the last time you felt really, truly lonely?

Being a geeky, socially awkward teen severely lacking in the social skills required in today’s society leaves you pretty much at the edge of any group of friends you may have. There is always one person in each year group that no-one seems to like, but there isn’t always a very good reson for it – sometimes they’re just a bit quiet or shy. Then there’s always another person who everyone seems to like, including teachers, even if they do something wrong, All of this is to do with reputation and popularity. In year 12 we were told there is no such thing as the popular crowd, and were asked the question who are these ‘popular’ people popular with? Maybe in reality they really don’t exist, but to me there is always a popular crowd – a group of people you just know you can’t simply walk up to and strike up a conversation. Sadly, looks contribute a lot to your initial reputation, as well as what posessions you have – even young children can be rutheless, I remember in reception (a school class of 4 – 5 year olds for those of you from outside of the UK) one boy was completely ignored for a while because his bag was ‘uncool’.

I think the character of Glinda from the musical Wicked sums up the term nicely in the song ‘Popular‘;

“When I see depressing creatures, with unprepossessing features, I remind them on their own behalf to think of celebrated heads of state or specially great communicators. Did they have brains or knowledge? Don’t make me laugh! They were popular! Please – it’s all about popular! It’s not about aptitude, it’s the way you’re viewed, so it’s very shrewd to be very, very popular like me!”

‘Popularity is a crime from the moment it is sought; it is only a virtue where men have it whether they will or no.’ said George Savile, and I think this is rather true. There are the people who are popular because they are genuinely nice, and those in society who are popular only after fighting ruthlessly to be there.  
So what is the conclusion to be drawn from this? You’ll still have people who don’t like you whether you are popular or not so it’s best not to care at all and focus on the more important things in life such as family and friendships.
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