Popularity. It’s overrated. Of course I didn’t think so in high school.
I remember watching the popular girls from a distance and wishing they’d include me in their circles. They were so pretty and wore clothes I could only dream of owning. Their hair and make-up was spot on. I envied them. And secretly I despised them. For wherever they went, crowds followed them. Especially the hunks.
I often wondered what it was like to have their life. To be popular even for a day. But unlike the 80’s flicks where the misfits rise to popularity, this chickie kept her unpopular status throughout high school and beyond. And you know what? I turned out just fine. In fact, I’m thankful for it now. Otherwise I wouldn’t have writing material 😉.
Things haven’t changed much for me. I’m still unpopular. Just in a different realm. Once I was a social misfit in school. Today I’m a misfit on social media. God was preparing me back in the day to be unpopular. He knows when I stand up for his truth I will not be among the popular. But it’s just fine. Because I’m well known and loved by the God who created my innermost being. What he thinks of me is more important than how people view me. It impacts my view of self, how I present myself to the world, and how I treat others.
Moral of the story? Don’t sweat the minor stuff. Being popular may seem like a big deal when you’re in middle and high school. But it is only an itty bitty snapshot in the big picture of your life.
Understand this. The popularity game will be played. But don’t feel pressured to participate. It is all meaningless. Really. The beautiful and the popular will hold their title but for a short few years. One day you’ll see them at your 10th, 20th or 30th reunion and you won’t notice them. Actually, many won’t notice them either.
Popularity comes and goes. It doesn’t define who you are and what you’re worth. It’s just a superficial label we like to wear because it makes us feel important when deep down in our hearts, we don’t believe we are special. That no one notices us.
You may not be popular among your peers, but you will always be seen by your Maker. People may not notice you and treasure your uniqueness. It’s to be expected. However, this doesn’t change the truth that you are the apple of God’s eyes. Being popular cannot add to the the infinite value God stamped on you when he knit you together in your mother’s womb.
As the song says, “You are already famous in your Heavenly Father’s eyes.” And this my young friends, is priceless. If you will believe this little nugget of truth, you’ll be able to like your true self, enjoy your youth, and carry yourself confidently. Regardless of your popularity status 😚💜.