Being a nerd/geek the notion of being popular is kind of foreign. Achieving notoriety is a different thing in our world. Being well known is one thing but being well liked is another.

As I have blogged on earlier I like to march to the beat of my own drum, but that can come at a cost. You don’t always get picked first, you can be outcast (which can be good or bad) depending on how you look at it, and you spend a lot of time alone.

Having popularity can mean you are in the in-crowd, you have access to things and places, you are a sought-out individual. But Julius Erving the famous basketball player said once I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity. So with that being said respect seems to have more weight than popularity.

Harrison Ford said The actor’s popularity is evanescent; applauded today, forgotten tomorrow. Just think about how many actors/actresses/musicians are the hit of today and the memory of tomorrow.

Friends, its not always great to bear the weight of fame. So as a person who is on the fringes of life I enjoy being with people who have more concerns than where they rank with others. Our lesson is to be yourself and enjoy the journey you are on as a person.


A Important Back To School Message


If you see someone who is struggling to make friends or being bullied because he/she doesn’t have many friends or because they are shy or not as pretty or not dressed in the “in” clothes– Step Up. Say HI or at least SMILE at them in the hallway. You never know what that person might be facing outside of school.

Your small kindness can make a BIG difference in someone’s life!

From my pastor Rev. Amy J. Whatley