Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of talk about bullies and teens being driven to suicide because of it. While reading some of the stories and personal accounts, I think back to my own junior high and high school experience. I dont think that I was really “bullied” per say, it was more or less the typical teenager “you must conform” type of stuff.
Clothes – The day I wore a black shirt with light pink 3/4 length sleeves. The pink was just a light pink, almost a dark pink. Some of the other kids started calling me gay because I was a guy who wore pink. I never wore that short again.
While I was in junior high, my mom and I were shopping for some school clothes. I saw this really cool shirt with a superman logo on it. Since I liked to read superman comics, I got mom to buy the shirt for me. After the other kids ridiculed me for wearing a superman logo, I never wore the shirt again.
Music – Because I liked real Rock and Roll music instead of the pop-rock stuff, other kids in school said I smoked dope. Their mindset was, if you listened to Ozzy, Pink Floyd or Black Sabbath, you “have” to smoke dope. My music taste are something that I refuse to be moved on. Even to this day I would rather listen to some good Ozzy, Black Sabbath or Rammstein then some pop-rock wanna be a singer carp. I would rather define my own music taste then have the record companies tell me what I’am “supposed” to listen to. And I do not do any kind of illegal drugs. It was the mentality of the kids in school that bothered me the most. It was like very few of them could think outside the box. Just because a song is on the radio, does not magically make it a good song. The record companies are pushing those songs because they think money can be made – not because its a good song. There is a difference between a work of art and making money.