After surviving my twenties, I realized that the best training I ever got for becoming a well-adjusted, confident adult was being totally uncool in high school.

I was not popular. I probably went to one party, and was only invited because my best friend organized it (there was a keg, so obviously everyone showed up). Other than that, I was home every weekend chillin' with my mom.

But being uncool changed me in all the best ways. Sure, it wasn’t the greatest back then, but it made me such a better adult than if I had been popular. If you were uncool in high school, here are 13 ways it changes you (and 13 reasons why you should be proud of your lack of cool):