so I was like "hey, that's a good topic"
so I ask you, if you care to share..
what time period in your life, defines who you are today?
it can be a year, a month.. a period of years.. etc.
this is pretty easy for me.
My last 3-6 years of School clearly define me. it is what made me as I am today, why I am the way I am.
(this might answer some questions some have about me.)
as you may know, I live in a City that isn't exactly big. only 24,500 strong.
my school when I attended was only just over 400 students.
pretty small when you compare to a lot of city schools that have like 800, 1000+ or even 2,000 students attending.
heck my Graduating class was only 81 students. I knew pretty much everyone in my Gr. 12 class.
I was known as being an "independant" to most of my classmates. I was not part of a group, not a jock, not a nerd.. not a popular kid, not any of them.
I was a group of 1!
I never got involved with the smoking craze when suddenly a good 30% of your class began to smoke because of peer pressure.
i didn't go to school parties, (mainly cause I didn't get invited)
I didn't have a GF at all, but I did have some female friends that I talked to. I was focused entirely on what I hoped would be my ticket to my life.. I played Football. I studied it, believed it, played it. I really had little time for much else.
plus I was an outspoken individual. I didn't care what other people thought about what I said during classes. (some of this I regret) I stood up for what I believed in, despite what others tried to do or say. I never got caught up in the age where if the cool kid or the popular kid is doing it, I guess I have to as well!!
But I also got harassed a lot, bullied, teased. it never got to physical where they tried to beat me up because they knew I could defend myself and they didn't want to strike a match under me. They saw first hand what happened if you started a fight with me. so they stayed away from that. But they verbally tried to get under my skin often.
this was in the day before schools really took a stand against bullying and said no more! I had to take care of it myself and deal with it. so I either went to the Principal and complained (which for the most part, proved useless) or I took revenge.
I believe that they couldn't stand the fact that no matter what they did, they couldn't break my spirit! I never gave up and ran away or asked/begged them to stop.
this entire time throughout school, made me how I am today.
if I could go back to school, and re-do the last 3-6 years, I would have stood up to them instead of taking the abuse. I would have confronted each of them right away and made them either put up or shut up, but I didn't. I think it was because I believe if I had, I'd have gotten the punishment from the school, not them.