Care to share some of those stories? It would be interesting and may help somebody as well
One was in college.....when I thought all the high-school crap went away. Part of it was my doing, but I didn't expect the outcome nonetheless.
I met a guy in one of my classes and he asked me one day about a couple I knew.
The guy of the couple I grew up with (he was a year younger) and played baseball with was cool, but his girlfriend was an evil classmate of mine. Our freshman year in high school, we were all in band and she told me that this senior girl liked me and proceeded to tell people. Well, the senior girl confronted me in a humiliating way. Needless to say, I didn't think too kindly of my classmate.....although the senior girl and I would later be friends as we played in the pep band in college. We talked about that incident and thought that was really poor judgment on everybody's part.
Anyway, back to the guy. I casually mentioned that I thought he was cool and frankly never wanted to see her again. Well, he must have talked about me to them, because another rumor was started and he proceeded to call me really ugly names when seeing me around campus.....even when in conversation with other people and the name calling being in mid-sentence.
…...Fast-forward another five years or so and the guy lives about a block away from me near a park that is between our neighborhoods. He saw me and called my name trying to get my attention - I ignored him.
Every few years or so, I will see him at the grocery store or will see him walking his dog. Whenever he sees me, he's like a deer caught in headlights. I just walk on by.
I get a lot of that - people fleeing, or freezing in a panic. I think that's good. I survived their $#!7 and am not going to take any more of it.