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12 to Life.

21 January 2013, 15:30

I just read this article on high school reunions and it set me thinking on whether people actually change after high school.

I kinda divided school into the good, the bad and the um… you know... realm in between.

The only real choice was to decide if you were good or bad because if you were in the other department you were either at the mercy of one or within the grace of the other.

Good people tended to be amazing. Back then they were unaffected by that murky third social option.  They handed out acceptance like food to the impoverished.

The bad however were terrible. They inflicted upon others the soul maiming hell that is social condescension.  Their care was for nothing other than their own gratification of spirit, soul and body and every word that fell from their lips was justification of that attitude.

I experienced that horrid world of the third realm until grade 8 where I suddenly grew a muscle or two and, due to a newfound love for a convenient sport called ‘MMA’, could defend myself. 

My decision from there was easy; I wanted to be a good man.

Life from there was a lot easier… BUT I could still clearly see the horrid nature of the bad unleash itself on that world of which I had once been a part. More than once I ended up balling my fists or sharpening my tone to defend those wretched souls for I felt every jibe as if it were aimed at me personally.

And then it was over.

Meeting some of those from my past was both shocking and not. It seems that the decision for whom you will one day be and how you will treat others already happens in those teen years. The good appeared to stay good or get even better, the bad maintain their justification or worse and the refuges of the third realm either flourish or perish, motivated by the scorn of those twelve years in purgatory.

For some it was 12 with parole, for many 12 to life. Driven by the whip of insecurity, many still now push themselves to prove to that long gone bully that they are not worthless…

For those who were not in the middle, none of this will make sense. But for those who were, every word will hit like a dubstep break!

How was it for you? How is it now? Have things changed? Are the bad any better?

To the comments section friends!

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