Editor’s Note: Alpha Male Ryan completed this column for Freeline Media while serving a two-year prison sentence in Florida.
Wah wah wah.
That’s the sound of the whiny Geeks who, after being out of high school for 10-plus years, still cry about the “unfair treatment” they got. OK, so you got picked on, maybe bullied. But you chose your route – and those of us who were jocks chose ours.
Being a jock’s not easy – I should know. But you don’t hear us whining because we were jocks.
Geeks have chess practice. We had football, wrestling, weightlifting. I’ve never known a wimpy geek to pull a hamstring or get a concussion from a checkmate. When we play a game, we have hours of blood, sweat and tears preparing for it.
Geeks? They study algebra and Quantum Physics.
Now that we’re starting on this, it’s probably harder being a jock. Practice, weight lifting … and we have the possible stress of letting down our team and our school if we lose a game. I’ve never seen a stadium or bleachers filled for a school chess match. The only person a geek lets down is himself.
Dude — grow a pair. Quit whining. You’re not in high school anymore. You took the easy route and got good grades, probably never broke a bone or got a D on a test. So pick up a dumbbell and put some muscles on.
If you get bullied in school, it’s generally because of your decision on what you do and who you hang out with. I chose to be a jock.
But I was also a choirboy. Now, tradition tells you that jocks rule the school. They’re the winners of popularity contests, everyone knows them, most people like them because of their status and want to be around them – just to say they’re associated with them.
Choirboys, however, are usually the students who get made fun of, who stay after school to sing Christmas carols and put on concerts to raise money for “singing competitions.”
But this choir boy was never bullied, I’ll tell you that much. I chose to be assertive. I spent hours lifting weights, boxing, sweating, and also spent hours in choir practice.
I carved my path through a mountain with a hammer and chisel, and in turn I wasn’t a victim.
Bullying victims are victims of their own laziness, of their own fear. Victims allow themselves to become victims because they fail to assert themselves.
Now granted, some kids are naturally smaller than others. But no one is stopping the small guys from picking up a weight! Don’t chose to take the easy, pain-free way, with no sweat. The opportunities are there, you just have to pick what you want. If you want to be popular and good at sports, all it takes is practice.
If you’d rather do your algebra homework or play “Magic The Gathering” and “Dungeons and Dragons,” that’s your choice. But you make the decision as to your path through school. No one is stopping you from playing football, or wrestling, or whatever it is you want … nobody except you, that is.
Make your choice, but it’s time for you to stop blaming others because you weren’t popular.
Quit your crying and pick up a damn football. Start sweating. Work out. Get a sixpack and ask a girl out. Seize the day.
Take the bull by the damn horns.
It’s all on you.
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