I was in high school once, and believe me, I remember what it was like. It was always a constant battle between trying to find yourself and trying to find yourself a spot in an "it" crowd so you wouldn't be forgotten. Doing both of these simultaneously is not so easy.
You see, for whatever the reason; whether it was just me being a teenage girl or being insecure, part of me cared whether I was popular or not. Homecoming court, I would have loved that 15 minutes of fame to wear a pretty dress. Now, I have no idea why I gave a shit at all, other than I love getting dolled up.
Back then, something as stupid as being recognized on a court and feeling popular meant more to me than it ever should have. To this day, I still see high school kids making a big deal out of it. Friends and family congratulate them and express how "proud" they are of them. Uhm, for what? For being categorized as popular and getting some votes? Good fucking job on nothing.
Nothing against anyone who has ever been placed on a court or even won something like queen. I know good people who have been categorized as popular and this is not to bring any of them down.
My point is, why are we still holding these contests? Are we just continuing a long on going tradition and see no reason to stop? These contests don't teach young kids a thing about what their adult life will be like in my opinion. Sure, you should be nice to others and social to everybody, but if you aren't, you shouldn't be punished.
This goes hand in hand with some happenings of teenage suicide. How many times do you hear that a child didn't fit in, they felt bullied or alone, which led to such horrifying consequences. I don't think these contests really help in that.
I think we should just forget the whole thing and celebrate ourselves and everyone else. Homecoming is meant to bring alumni back and reunite for the school, not to elect kings and queens. I think we could do without all this extra hassle and stress that is brought onto others because of these events.
so if you're reading, don't sweat not being popular. Love yourself and celebrate who you are and that you've made it this far in this crazy life.
Chelsea Blake: My views on life and writing whatever my heart desires.