I wonder how it would be as the popular one. The one who's looked to as a standard of fun. Who needs not worry too much about fitting in or being put down. To be the cool person that everyone always tries to be around. It must be nice to be liked by nearly everyone you meet. Nice to have socializing come easy. To be remembered and included often.
Being less popular might mean you have less people there for you. You may have time for them, but it seems harder for people to make time for you. This leaves you wondering if there's something wrong with you, or if you're even worth it. You feel like a bother to many. You're mostly forgotten and excluded.
But what if the trade off is better? Maybe it is better to be the odd one out. After all, there is less drama, less trouble. Less pressure of messing up and losing your popularity and your crowds. Less hurting people. Less staying so busy to keep up with the demands of being the entertainer. You have time for you. You tend to be a person others consider to be wise and have good advice if they ever need it. You might not gossip or get in trouble with the things you say because you're pretty quiet anyways. You're probably independent; you can't, after all, rely on the people that aren't there, since you're unpopular.
I'm sure there are pros and cons to both lifestyles. And honestly, to each their own. I also think both sides have a few true friends that they can trust and are there for each other through the thick and thin.
Not everyone can be popular. If youre not, you can try to change the way you are. But chances are slim of ever actually becoming popular. And besides, if once you arrive...do you think you'll finally be content? Can you stay the way you changed yourself to be, can you keep up with that demand you placed on yourself?
And then there's the fact of personality. Some people just have that super friendly type that others can't help but want to be around. If they don't want to be so liked, they'd have to go against who they are to change themselves.
Maybe there's no winning. In the end, being unpopular is lonely...but then again, I hear the popular people are too.