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3-18-2011 @ 11:53AM
To add to Al's comment: So long as you're not harming anyone else-- in all senses of the word-- with your activities (and that includes yourself), then you're fine. While life isn't always going to be good times and fun, you really oughta take the opportunities to break away from the humdrum of life when they're present-- whether it's in WoW, other video games, cooking, writing, or any number of hobbies.@Fragments: It gets better as you get older. It sounds like it's a no-brainer but it's true for two reasons. 1) Some people catch up as they grow and learn. Every one in their own time, right? 2) The people who are already 21+ aren't afraid to talk to you because then they don't look like pedophiles anymore and most people stop caring about chronological age differences.The main thing is to not let such a mentality go to your head because then you end up no better than the other kids who are still taunting each other over things like, "Well, my clothes come from this store so I'm better than you." It's difficult to get along with kids your own age when you're mentally years ahead of the majority of your peers, especially when (as Dharmabhum pointed out above) your "peers" are more or less chosen for you.The thing that helped me to continue my social development as a teenager was actually the Internet. I was ostracized at school for numerous reasons (like clothes, of all things) and it always seemed like I spoke a different language than the rest. So I happened to join an online chat community that, luckily, had many nice and honest people. They looked out for me because they found out I was a young'un and creepy people abound on the Internet-- but aside from that, they treated me like they would any other person in the community. Unfortunately, I let it go to my head (hence the warning) and sometimes made matters worse at school because I'd start letting my mouth run while retaliating, thinking that my superior intellect and maturity would eventually win them over.None of it is permanent-- the lack of maturity in some of your classmates, the pettiness of the squabbles they decide to pick with you, all of it. Life moves on and so do you.
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