True Friends See Beyond Labels

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Cliques exist… To pretend otherwise is ludicrous.

To think that a society is marginalized because of cliques is pure hypocrisy.

Cliques are what makes individuals unique. We are purposed and repurposed by the cliques we either choose to associate ourselves as members, or the cliques that we are the unwillingly-perceived member.

One’s true social awareness is mastered by being communally-conscious enough to be able to become a worthy citizen who is welcome in any of a number of varied cliques, instead of an individual who is defined by their membership in only one clique.


My High School Cliques

Geeks

  • Intellectually Obsessive
  • Usually Socially-Impaired (Unless with Fellow Geeks)

Nerds

  • Lack of Proper Fashion Sense
  • Usually Socially-Impaired (Unless with Fellow Nerds)

Jocks

  • Live for Athletics
  • Their Brain Is Not a Working Muscle
  • Socially the “In Group” for Males

Cheerleaders

  • Pretty…Bouncy…
  • Dress of Daily Photos
  • Can Date Only Jocks
  • Masters of the Silent Rumor
  • Socially the “In Group” for Females

Mean Girls

  • Dress to Be Immediately Noticed
  • Crave Popularity
  • Will “Kill” to Fit In
  • When Knifed Rumors Are Ineffective- Fists Are OK

Thespians

  • The Musicians
  • The Actors
  • Busy, Complicated Schedules
  • Show Tunes Can Blossom during a Cafeteria Discussion
  • Their Daily Dramas Are On-Stage (Although, Often Behind the Curtains)
  • There Is Always One (Evil) Diva

Skaters

  • Non-Conformers
  • Long Hair
  • Boxers Are Always Visible

Rednecks

  • Boots… Jeans…T-Shirts
  • Truck Drivers
  • Country Music Rocks
  • An Argument over Ford or Chevy Is Monumental

Outsiders

  • May Be Socially Challenged
  • Purposefully Planned Nonconforming

Preps

  • My Family Has Money (Or at Last We Want to Appear to Have Money)
  • A Subgenre of the Popular
  • Well-Dressed Jocks and Cheerleaders

Rockers

  • Music (But NOT CHOIR!)
  • Drugs…Sex…and Rock-n-Roll
  • Often in a Garage Band
  • Gravitate towards Fringe Music Styles

Even as I label and define each of these cliques, I have a friend that vividly comes-to-mind that was a card-carrying member.

True Friends can see beyond labels.



Written for The Daily Post: Label. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching. 

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