In many ways we nerds are a different breed. The stereotype alone doesn’t work to our favor either. From strange hobbies to our devotion for science fiction and fantasy, our likes and dislikes are not understood by the average Muggle. When most argue about who wore it best, we argue about the coolest captain of the Enterprise. It isn’t easy being nerdy especially when half of the population doesn’t understand that Star Wars and Star Trek hardcore fans hate each other.
Lately, I have been the victim of the “I want to be normal” syndrome. Every nerd has a moment when they challenge their uniqueness, a moment in which we question if we truly can be brave enough to lead the nerdy path. Being a nerd requires a level of eccentricity and commitment not everyone can pull off. You must love the weirdness inside you to embrace your inner nerd. To add insult to injury, no amount of normal will ever be a part of your life. The science fair trophies and mountains of awsrds will prove otherwise. Your insatiable curiosity will make you investigate every thing that is utter or done around your person. No stone would be left unturned. You will solve every problem, ask every questions. It is and will always be about learning all the answers.
It has been an interesting few weeks. Waiting for the house has had me living out of boxes, deciding which things need to be protected, curated or tossed away. Between the comic books, the action figures and the memorabilia, we have a couple of precious items tucked away in the moving boxes. Strange as it may be we value every part of our history together, especially the weird geeky experiences like the Star Wars movie premiers and the Wizarding World trips. From the Daytona 500 to trips to the numerous Space Centers, our family has gone above and beyond to track down opportunities to learn and explore together.
When you find someone that can be nerdy with you and loves that uniqueness about you, don’t let anything stop you from keeping it weird. Revel on the fact that together you are a bit eccentric and off kilter. Have the courage to stand out an flag your geek flag high. Do cosplay, attend ComicCons, explore anime and manga books. Don’t fear being different. In the end, all that matters is that you learn to be happy and comfortable in your own skin. The rest will come to you.
Stay nerdy my friends…