The Ottoman Empire (1000)

Rad Blog!

 

Wait, what’s this 1000 stuff again?

 

Well, Rad Blog, this is MY 1000th post here. You see. The last post on 1000 was based on the blog itself having 1000 posts. With this post, I have now posted 1000 myself. Dang.

 

I won’t do this in the future, or will I?

 

Maybe.

 

I’m thinking about something, right. Lemme lay it on you.

 

I have a few sayings here I want to kinda bust or whatever. These are things they tell kids in school. I’m gonna ruin my own self-esteem with this.

 

 

First, I wanna talk about popularity. I think I’ve said before that it doesn’t work the same as school. The “popular” kids in school were the “cool” kids, right? Right. Right??

 

Not really. I mean, being cool is in the eye of the beholder. I will always support that kind of thinking. I’m Chas Rad. Other kids might not think I’m rad, but if I keep saying it all the time, eventually someone will believe me. Also, I don’t really care what other people think because what’s important is that I think I’m rad. I think therefore I sorta am.

 

Anyway, if you weren’t one of the “popular” kids, chances are you might have wished you were, unless you are odd like me and didn’t like anyone. If you were a “popular” kid in school, you probably didn’t see past your inner circle and pretty much didn’t care about anyone else.

 

There’s a terrible movie featuring a certain female whose name begins with a L. IT shows that all circles have their problems. For instance, the “popular” kids are “popular” because of their group, but there is always an alpha and an omega. Just like the “popular” kids, the less favourable drama club kids had their alpha and omega too. I don’t like that term so I’m gonna go with other Greek letters. Let’s go with Psi and Upsilon.

 

Huh. Apparently that is a fraternity. No matter.

 

The Psi kids are the ones that are considered the “best looking” or “most talented” while the Upsilon kids are the ones that are still liked in the group, but aren’t as attractive or talented.

 

So, what am I saying? I am saying that popularity is everything. There’s two things I think are important in succeeding: popularity and ability.

 

Let’s look at presidents of the USA. They get elected based on their ability to convince people they are the best. Will they actually fulfill their promises? We don’t know. What we do know is that the winner is the one that best appeals to voters and the electoral college. They win by being popular.

 

Now, in order to be popular, they had to work on it. They had to practice their speaking. They had to make some sort of impact to the public. Many go in the military to get started. Others go to “elite” colleges. Some do both. Those things require effort. Do you think they just sat through college and coasted? Probably because they came from a rich family that could buy their way into it, but that doesn’t mean they could graduate by failing every class. College simply doesn’t allow that in their parameters. Making fun of George W. Bush’s GPA all you’d like, it is still passing.

 

This is a bad example. Let me talk about athletes. We’ll fast forward Gazpacho many years from my last post. Gazpacho was really into baseball. In school, he was okay I suppose, but he was really into baseball. He played in the pee-wee leagues but found himself excelling at it. In high school, he made varsity his freshman year and ended up getting a scholarship. He was pretty smart, but also talented in baseball. His talent alone will not keep him on his college team. Most of these scholarships require students to maintain a certain GPA. I don’t know first-hand, but I’m assuming it is something like 3.0. Gazpacho, while talented at baseball, needs to make an impact on school too. He may be popular with the baseball crowd because he’s a good player, but he also has to maintain his grades to keep that position.

 

Okay! Back to my point. Popularity stems from ability. Ability is something we are born with or in some very rare occasions improve with “hard work.” No one would give a toss about Gazpacho if he didn’t play baseball well. He’d just be like every other average grade-getting kid.

 

So, back to what I was first saying! Cliques never go away. They will always be there. There will always be pettiness between the members. Even entire cliques will have pettiness with other cliques. Baseball players and tennis players are both athletes, but that absolutely doesn’t make them the same kind of person. It is like that with the arts. Drama kids and band kids are both artistically talented, but are not the same person at all.

 

Now, moving to my second thing I wanted to break is that the “less popular” kids will have the “popular” kids working for them when they get older. That is simply crap. Sure, the “less popular” kids may be smarter, but that is just the pettiness. It is not cool to be smart. Teachers make rules. Cool kids do what they want.

When they get older, they see that it gets harder to maintain that “rule breaker” mentality and opt for the “mold breaker” mentality. What is that? Cool kids are actually really, really smart. They know how to keep their social status and pass each grade. It is all about being a skilled talker. They might fail a test, but they are always asking for extra credit or a retake. They join up with the “smart” cool kid to cheat and pass. They work the system. Eventually that turns into an inconvenience so they learn how to manipulate the social system to hide how smart they are. The “rebel” kids know this, but they are too ostentatious to be believed outside their circle.

 

Let’s go back to the “less popular” kids. Will the “popular” kids that make fun of them be working for them when they get older? It is all about how things happen as they grow up really. It is up to the “popular” kid’s talent to manipulate the system. If he or she fails, then yeah, they could be working for the “less popular” kid that is to say the “less popular” kid is a success.

 

I’m trying to combine my points. I’ll have 4 kids here. We’ll say they are in 5th grade where kids get mean and start forming these kinds of popular cliques.

 

Bimmy (again) is a “loser” that gets good grades and is picked on by others.

Gazpacho, Bimmy’s friend, is also a “loser” kid, but is adept with baseball.

Claude is a “popular” kid who gets bad grades and is only good at American Football.

Colby (again) is a “popular” kid that plays American Football and is actually pretty smart, but tries to maintain his cool.

 

Bimmy, fueled by being bullied for his whatever, believes that his hard work in school will get him a good job one day.

Gazpacho, who takes being bullied to heart, still plays baseball but gets good grades.

Claude finds it hilarious to bully Bimmy and his size in American Football makes him a star.

Colby is the quarterback of the team and the best looking guy in school. He makes fun of Bimmy when he’s with his friends, but overall doesn’t actually care about Bimmy.

 

Come high school ,the roles evolve a little.

Bimmy is now less angry with the bullies, though they still bother him. He is in AP classes and on track to going to a good college.

Gazpacho is actually a natural baseball player. Unfortunately, the season and practice affects his grades a little, but he still pushes onward. He might not be the best player, but he is certainly talented.

Claude, who is now one of the star players, still is mean to Bimmy when he sees him and his grades are only just passing because the coach needs him.

Colby now understands the pettiness of bullying Bimmy and sees that he is adept in Marine Biology. He is still really good at American Football.

 

Now, graduating this is what happens.

Bimmy is accepted into a really good college because he has a ton of AP credit and other educational achievements.

Gazpacho gets a full scholarship for his baseball playing, but his grades tank a little. Not so much, but he did struggle his junior year.

Claude got a full scholarship to a Big 10 school while only passing because his coach talked his teachers into giving him test retakes.

Colby graduated with an American Football scholarship, but he also got into a really good Marine Biology program at a fairly well known school.

 

In college, here’s what happens.

 

Bimmy, now at a huge school, notices that though he was really smart in high school, there’s kids here that are just as smart, if not smarter than him who also got perfect SAT scores and maybe 1st place in whatever academic contest over his 2nd place. He is hit with a crisis and realizes his hard work wasn’t enough. He graduates in the top 30% but his is so generic because he only focused on school work.

Gazpacho loved playing baseball, but school was hard for him. He focused on both school and sport. Eventually, his grades were good enough all year that it didn’t really affect or even effect his playing. He was eventually scouted for the MLB.

Claude, who was awesome in high school, finds that his size and ability that carried him through high school was only just that. The world is open and there’s kids a lot bigger and better than he is. Claude is not a pushover, though. No! He kept pushing, but his grades were never good enough to be a back up plan. He barely graduates college with a degree in something that was very low maintenance and finds himself as a bench player after a kid that was better than he was.

Colby doesn’t shine as bright as he did on the playing field like he did in high school. He was good, but certainly not star material. He sees his athletic ability turn more into a hobby, but his skill in Marine Biology turns into a huge opportunity. He gets an awesome internship studying sharks after meeting some cool lady at a career fair and ends up working there as soon as he graduates.

 

What have I shown here? Bimmy worked only on his academic ability. He soon found there were kids smarter than he was. He ends up lost in debt. He didn’t try to put himself out there to make him more unique.

The same happens with Claude. He was the “popular” kid in school and everyone thought he’d be a huge NFL star. He now works at the local Target and has no idea what he wants to do since he didn’t care about his grades.

Gazpacho, worked hard on his grades and was bullied, but his ability in baseball landed him on a team. They liked his athletic ability and if his baseball career ends, he was at least smart enough to have a degree in something worthwhile.

Colby is a good guy in the end. He knew his athletic ability that made him the “popular” kid in the beginning wasn’t enough and found something he liked that required school work. His experience with working the “popular” crowd migrates to his new area. He not only is adept in learning about marine life, he is also skilled in people skills and they like him enough to hire him out of college.

 

So, the “smart” kid doesn’t always end up having the “popular” kid work for him.

 

This is my best advise I can give. Don’t just think hard work can bring you to success. It sure plays a big role, but remember that there’s others going for it too. Everyone works hard. Everyone believes hard work is important, but if everyone just worked really hard for things, that makes them a robot. People want personality.

 

My advise is to make your hard work worth it by having a personality. It is easy to say “I have a 4.0 GPA and I play the flute.”  Cool. You play the flute and are smart. What else you got because so does this kid and that kid, except he plays the trumpet.

 

Round yourself. That’s it.

 

What about me? Am I rounded? I certainly try to be. I graduated with literature so I know some sort of art form in writing. I also like languages so I understand word origins and stuff. I’m also into video games where I dabble in the technology of live streaming. I’m also fairly athletic that I go to the gym and play football when I can. The more I learn about or do, the more rounded I get. I will never be a professional blogger or a football player because I haven’t put in the effort, but I will make myself more relatable since I have some knowledge of them.

 

That’s really it. See ya!

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