The bullies ended up bald and generally pretty pitiful from my school days, the nerds and cool people all managed to be quiet successful. I'd say this was about a 90% ratio for both groups actually out of say 500 students. A few of the cool jocks that never beat on other kids ended up pretty well off also.
Those high school reunions really were insightful
I word about bullies: they tend to be larger than you, but....you have a distinct advantage, they also tend to be slow and get winded easily, so you can typically out run them.
I took full advantage of this growing up, taunting them. Even if you cannot out run them straight, you can weave and it's much harder for them to change direction. Small little bully "lieutenants"? Give them a beat down, they might be able to keep up with you, but they are no match.
As the smallest and youngest of 6 kids, I learned to run. I rather enjoyed it. It's like tag, except they really tag you if you are caught, so you play the game a bit more, well, seriously, but I laughed all the way. Nothing felt so good as to watch 2-3 big lard bullies sucking wind and getting stomach cramps. You know that laugh woody woodpecker uses in the cartoon? Yes, I'd use that to taunt them. Very effective at pushing them beyond their limits. Worked on older brothers and sisters also.
It'll also get you in shape pretty good.
I had a Boy's Club 1/2 a block from my house. So I boxed, wrestled, martial arts, basketball etc after school every day. I likely could have pummeled the bullies, but never did. Do I regret that today? No, not at all, well...... one or two guys sure deserved it, but I'm okay with that too.
Also, listen to other family members that are older other than your parents, it was pretty helpful for me to get different views that were not my folks(I would not have listened to them! Nag nag naggy naggy nag). I think I'd prefer a beating than "the nag".
Parents are a little crazy and it's very tough for them to realize how fast you grow up and adjust, they are still thinking you are like 7 years old or something. You are actually very independent, so give them a break
. They have been use to making the decisions for you for 10+ years. It's a hard habit for them to break. They sound like very good parents. I was totally into aquariums when I was your age myself.