REMINDER – This is the last week to participate in the LeyLines Love Contest!
Careless, Lu. Very careless.
I always enjoy characters that people underestimate. Perhaps because I’ve often run into people that would underestimate my capabilities? Particularly in my first year of college, studying for Engineering. Boys would often take on the role of the “wise mentor” and I would take on the role of “desperately wanting to punch them in the FACE.” IN THE FACE.
*ahem* However, the best way I saw this dealt with was by my friend Teresa, who I’m pretty sure is a genius. You know how some people say they “love learning,” but they don’t actually love the frustrating process of learning? Teresa never exhibited that frustration, and she would seek out new things to discover in her free time. Like teaching herself languages. Or mathematical theorems. The long and short of it is that she is really, really smart, and on our first day of Calculus together, we sat next to a kid that would turn to her each time the professor would pause and explain, in a patronizing tone, what the professor had just taught. I wanted to strangle him to death with his own shirt, but Teresa just smiled. And when the teacher started asking questions, she started answering them. Clearly, and confidently, and without hesitation. And in this kid’s eyes you could see the dawning realization that this young woman did NOT need his “help” with math. He needed hers.
Have you ever been underestimated, and how did you deal with it?