I wouldn't say I was popular in high school. I wouldn't say I was hounded mercilessly, either. Just one of those people who floated around a bit. I think my sense of humor got me through those days (ie I could make people laugh). I still think it's an important trait, by the way, both professionally and personally, as we grow older and, hopefully, wiser.
Your passage about meeting your wife made me think of a pet theory of mine. I call it "Why Being with a Woman is Like Having a Job." (And, no, this doesn't relate directly to your passage. It just jogged my thinking a bit.) Yes, this is a little sexist, but c'mon, I'm only funning around. Take it in the spirit it was intended.
WHY BEING WITH A WOMAN IS LIKE HAVING A JOB
(Just substitute "job" with "woman" and see what I mean.)
1. When you don't have a JOB, all you can think about is getting a JOB.
2. When you do have a JOB, you wish you didn't have that JOB.
3. When you don't have a JOB, it's very, very difficult to find a JOB.
4. When you do have a JOB, you suddenly get many, many offers for other JOBS.
5. When you see a JOB that looks like your dream JOB, you really want this JOB. After you get this JOB, you see all the problems associated with this JOB.
6. When you interview to get a JOB, it's important to have some experience at other JOBS. But it's also very important not to show that you have switched JOBS often.
7. You feel no JOB ever appreciates you (or compensates you) enough.
8. Sometimes, you wish you had your neighbor's, brother's, or best friend's JOB.
9. When you have a JOB, you are assigned extra duties that you didn't count on when you originally got the JOB.
10. You get sick of your JOB before the first year's up.
(Nope, I didn't get this off some email. And, ladies, I apologize for this ahead of time, but if it's any comfort, you can read my "What I Believe" post for a pro-woman rant. That's right, sisters! )