Popularity Contest

Facebook’s most ‘popular’ pages are as follows:

In what universe is Vin Diesel more popular than Barack Obama?  For reals?  I can understand Michael Jackson being #1… but Vin Diesel as #3?  I’m surprised…

This is a throwback to high school.  For most people who aren’t caught up in the high school experience, on the surface it seems like one big popularity contest after another.  Hallway politics, assembly attention-getters, sports stars, and cheerleaders… it all seems so important when you’re in it, but it’s not really.  True talent is rarely recognized except by some teachers who truly reach out and mentor their students.

You have to leave high school to ever realize that popularity is irrelevant.

…Kind of.  Just ask Barack about the importance of popularity.

This reminds me of a quote from one of my favorite movies: Little Miss Sunshine.  I’m afraid this quote won’t really make sense out of context, and you’ll have to pardon all the asterisks… but it’s one of the BEST moments of the film.

You know what? **** beauty contests. Life is one ***ing beauty contest after another. School, then college, then work… **** that. And **** the Air Force Academy. If I want to fly, I’ll find a way to fly. You do what you love, and **** the rest.

2 thoughts on “Popularity Contest”

  1. YES.

    And I feel so awful for my nieces and nephews that still have to go through all that – it’s so wonderful to finally realize you can do what you want to do…like the saying goes, ‘The ones who mind don’t matter, and the ones who matter don’t mind.’ Cliched, but so true!

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