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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dan Savage Makes Me Smile

Dan Savage has a new project: It Gets Better.

So while Dan and Terry are saying this to kids with sexual identity issues, it stands just the same for all the other misfits in high school. There's the popular kids, and then there's the rest of us. I was definitely in the other group, and sure enough, life got IMMEDIATELY better after high school. I know of at least one teenage girl who needs to hear this right now. Time to bust out the old copy of Pump Up the Volume and loan it out. It was said best there: "High school is the bottom, being a teenager sucks, but that's the point, surviving it is the whole point." I think that bit may well have saved my life back then.

And living well is the best revenge. The high school baseball jock who made my life miserable showed up at the 10 year reunion and was living in a junkyard and had been married for less than a week before he got divorced. My life, well, my life is pretty awesome and I'm very lucky and those folks who held all the good cards in high school don't necessarily keep their reign once their loosed from the confines of their petty high school world.


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