But the truth is, being a kid can be really rough.
In part, this is because of other children. They can be awful to each other. Mean.
When I was a kid, the smart, creative kids who dared to dress differently or speak up were often picked on during PE, recess, or lunch.
My older brother was bullied so badly in elementary school that my parents took him out of the school and moved him to another one 20 miles away. He'd had rocks thrown at him. He went to the doctor once because a spitball got stuck deep inside his ear. The kids didn't like my brother because he's creative and vocal. Not a conformist.
Maybe you know a kid who gets bullied because he or she is different — smart and special, and the other kids want to tear him or her down.
If so, tell that kid the story of Elon Musk. Today, the world knows Musk as a wealthy, imaginative genius — the man who is making electric cars mainstream and putting rockets in space.
But when Musk was a kid growing up in South Africa, he got it bad from the others.
Musk's brother, Kimbal, says "Kids gave Elon a very hard time."
It's pretty rough in South Africa, " he says. "If you're getting bullied, you still have to go to school. You just have to get up in the morning and go. He hated it so much."
Musk's first wife, Justine, says "I don't think people understand how tough he had it growing up. He was a really lonely kid."
Junod says that Musk survived the bullying in two ways.
The first was a sort of mental escape provided to him by his family. The Musks talked about themselves as a special family — one that could do great things.
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