I'll explain why I chose this picture for this blog entry at the end. For now, just carry on...
I’ll explain why I chose this picture for this blog entry at the end. For now, just carry on…

So. You want to be popular? Let me tell you what you can expect when you get there.

But first, a trip down memory lane.

Junior High.

I wanted to be popular. So badly. I wanted to sit at the cool kids’ table. I wanted to be one of the idiots running down the hall laughing and yelling with my other popular idiot friends. I wanted girls to notice me, and not just for my amazing bowl cut and pimpled face. I wanted the crowds to light on fire when I walked into the room like they did for those elite other people.

I almost achieved popularity in junior high. And by almost, I mean that if it could have been measured on a scale of one to ten, I was easily a negative three by the end.

High School.

I wanted to be popular. So badly. I wanted to wear those cool jackets that only the jerks wore. I wanted to be asked out to a girl’s choice dance. At least once. I wanted girls to even notice me, and not just for my amazing sense of fashion that was always six months behind everyone else. And I still wanted the crowds to light up when I walked into the room like they did for those elite other people.

I almost achieved popularity in high school, too. And by almost, I mean that if it could have been measured on a scale of one to ten, I was easily a negative one. See? I was really moving up in the world.

Fast forward…

Past the tiny part of college I completed, during which I reached a +1 on the popularity scale. Moving up! I wasn’t in the negatives!

Past the tiny part of a Mormon mission I completed back when I was a Mormon. During which I reached a +3 on the popularity scale. Only +7 to go to be as cool as the coolest!

Past my tiny two marriages. I wasn’t very popular with either wife after a while. Back into the negatives.

And then, suddenly, this blog somehow took off, and I somehow became… popular.

There are major perks to being popular. I’m not going to pretend that there aren’t.

As I sit here,  I am waiting for my bi-weekly maids to show up. I’m not rich or anything, but I have enough to pay a couple of hard working awesome women to come for an hour and do the deep cleaning that I hate doing.

Other perks… Let’s see…

Any day now, I’m going to receive not just one, but two free pairs of those shoes that fit like gloves on your feet. Literally. You know the ones I’m talking about.

Other perks, let’s see…

I get to meet and know so many incredible new people because of what I do!

Other perks, let’s see…

Yesterday, I received a free Sea Doo Spark to play on with Noah. Um. Wow. Never saw that coming. I’ll take it. Sure.

Other perks, let’s see…

It’s easy to get a date. That’s a truth that is as true as I always dreamed it was in high school. Popularity makes all sorts of awesome girls notice you. Yesterday, I really wasn’t putting myself out there looking for dates as much as I was trying to shake the single world by the shoulders and say, “MAKE YOUR DATING PROFILES MORE FUN!” Haha. But yeah. The response was overwhelming and it was a fun day doing what I do.

Other perks, let’s see.

Hm. Yeah, there are a few others. For sure. Some incredible ones. Some minor ones. And, I won’t lie. There is a very fun side to popularity.

But see, that’s not what this post is about. It’s actually about reality. It’s about the price tag attached to popularity. And it’s my overall encouragement for you to stop giving a shit about being popular, because chances are, you don’t actually want it.

Not if you really understand it.

And if I can talk you out of wanting it, and chasing it, and desiring it, then chances are you’ll have a much happier and easier life.

So, let’s talk about what popularity is.

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!