I was never a huuuuuge Mindy Kaling fan, but I was a fan of The Office. When I was in college, Tom and I would made it a point to hang out every Thursday night to watch the new episode. One day, when I'm not overwhelmed by the amount of television series I want to start from the beginning (Entourage, Breaking Bad, finish 30 Rock once and for all), I'll start The Mindy Project because I never quite got into it when it first premiered.
I've decided this summer that I want to read more. "Why don't I read more?" I said to myself one day. A longer blog post about that is coming up next week. So I picked up Mindy Kaling's book, Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me? (And Other Concerns), and what I found is that I sympathize with her on many points: we both have an embarrassing lack of athleticism, we both were raised by parents that stressed the importance of hard work, we both have an irrational appreciation for food, and we both don't really understand the appeal of a one night stand.
But among the many quotable sections of the book, there was one within the first few chapters, that really, really spoke to me:
Teenage girls, please don't worry about being super popular in high school, or being the best actress in high school, or the best athlete. Not only do people not care about any of that the second you graduate, but when you get older, if you reference your successes in high school too much, it actually makes you look kind of pitiful, like some babbling old Tennessee Williams character with nothing else going on in her current life. What I've noticed is that almost no one who was a big star in high school is also a big star later in life. For us overlooked kids, it's so wonderfully FAIR.
I love this quote. I don't think this point could have been better stated any other way. I wish I could have been able to read this quote when I was in high school. Not that I was ever striving to be "popular"...those popular kids could suck it. They all have babies and I'm over here working for the most famous media company in the world (hint: it has a colorful logo and a three-note jingle). What I'm trying to say is, I think this would have been affirmation for me that being an "overlooked kid" wasn't ever a bad thing.