In high school, there were the Cool Kids.
And there were the Not So Cool But Tolerated Kids (aka ‘Their Minions’).
And then there was Us. (Or, depending on your particular Nerdity, “… were We.”)
We weren’t Cool, and we damned sure weren’t Minions; the Cool Kids hung with us because we helped them through Cicero and calculus, and because we were actually entertaining. We didn’t really want to hang with the Cool Kids, because en masse they could be pretty nasty to the Neither Smart Nor Cool Kids, but one to one, they were okay, and they could be pretty entertaining, too.
Besides, we thought, four years and I’m out of here for a place where intelligence and ability are what matters.
Then, we got to college. SSDD; we were just helping them through Catulus and p-chem. We thought, four years, etc.
Then, we got our first jobs. And we thought, WTF, am I still in high school here? What are these weird little cliques? A few years experience, and I’m out of here …
Eventually, we caught on that Real Life is not that different from high school. Every place has a Cool Kids Clique, or two, or four, or seven … They still love us, but they still don’t invite us to the Coolest Parties.
So, we learn to research and negotiate for better salaries and jobs (because we know the Coolest Parties end up with the Homecoming King and Queen barfing in the punchbowl), and we are really happy, because we just love being appreciated for our brains and skills, and we are still not Minions.
Then disaster strikes.
We end up reporting to a Cool Kid; a Cool Kid who 1) does not view us as a combination of cannon fodder and raw meat, 2) actually kind of likes us, and 3) is eager to help us to keep pushing them up the corporate ladder.
Disaster struck me today. I have the perfect job; half is doing things I enjoy, the other half is doing (less enjoyable) things I am good at that are actually the responsibility of … less competent people. I am a lazy little star; a swarm of dragonflies attacking the mosquitoes in a backwater.
I have been offered a promotion, but I will have to be a Minion. I want the job, I will be good at it, I even like the Cool Kid, but …
I don’t know how to be a Minion.
(and I really hate ass-kissing minions)