Is High School Destiny?
Anita Sharpe on Culture
At a recent dinner party, we were trying to guess what everyone around the table was like in high school. It was pretty easy picking out the former jocks, cheerleaders, class presidents. And then we came around to a gorgeous, confident, successful woman. Homecoming queen, I ventured.
'Are you kidding? I was ugly as sin -- I wore braces until I was 19 and I think it was that year I had my first date.'
It started me thinking of people who revolutionized our culture who were not cool in high school: Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg. . .
Did their lack of popularity spur them on to their later greatness, or did the individual vision that made them great preclude any possibility of conforming to high school coolness?