Growing up I had never been popular. I'm still not, and I honestly don't mind. I guess that is what has changed the most over the last few years. I no longer seek out the validation of my peers... because honestly, who even are they?
In the grand scheme of things, the people who don't like you, for whatever reason it may be, your hair, your weight, your acne, the way you speak or carry yourself, will not matter one bit. Besides, why would you want such judgmental people in your life?
Seriously, though, judge-y people are the worst, even if they aren't judging me personally. I still get extremely frustrated when I see or hear of someone belittling another individual for something that doesn't demand such a negative response.
Can't we just let people live?
Grow up and worry about your own life and the choices you've made before you pass judgment upon a stranger. You don't know who they are, nor do you know the things that have impacted them. Don't be a "surface area" type of person. Rather, make judgments on things that matter.
People should be able to do all of the weird things that make their weird hearts perk up with joy. Life is a battle for most people, and so if someone is enjoying themselves and you mock them for it, you are the absolute worst type of person.
Everyone is different.
For me, that is the greatest blessing. I'd hate to be surrounded by people who think only in one way. The world is full of diversity, and we should welcome it.
I guess I'm thankful that I wasn't popular because being bullied has led me to have these types of beliefs. It has made me realize that popularity isn't the most important thing in life, but rather it is the idea of being content.
Be content with yourself and who you are.
Sure, you could try to change who you, and sometimes, it's advised. However, if the reason you desire to change yourself is rooted in other people's perception of you, then, perhaps, you should focus on how you see yourself.
Being bullied as a kid has also made me a very kindhearted individual because I know how it feels to struggle. So, I always try to ensure that I'm not making things harder for those around me. I always attempt to boost and build people up because I know what it's like to be torn down.