I’ve always had a problem with the word “nerd.” I’m sure I’ve been called a nerd many times, but that’s not why I dislike it. It’s not even the word itself–it’s our society’s definition of it. It’s the connotation, the extended meaning, the shaming part that really gets to me.
To me, nerdy is a word that describes someone that is super passionate and expressive about something that matters to them. That’s not the traditional definition; usually, everyone thinks nerdy is being extremely smart to the point of being weird, and even anti-social. It’s associated with being different, awkward, and again, weird.
But aren’t we all a little weird in our own ways?
We all have parts of ourselves that we’re afraid to show other people for fear of being judged, for being labeled weird, odd, awkward, different, and yes, nerdy. But if we never let people in, then they don’t see that part of us. And that authentic self slowly slips away.
I’m not telling you to be something that you’re not, to try to be awkward and different. Nobody has to try to be those things, because every single person around you already is in some way. Some just hide it better than others.
It’s time to stop hiding our true selves.
Every single person is passionate about something. So, if I’m going by my own definition of passion and expression as being considered nerdy, then everyone is a nerd. Every. Single. Person. If you’re passionate about reading, you’re nerdy. Same goes for math, Harry Potter, sports, music, makeup, shopping, chess, football, travel, science, debate, dancing, cooking, studying, and anything else you can think of. You, my friend, are a nerd. And so am I. We all are.
If we all are nerds, then why do we make fun of each other? Why do we bully each other, judge each other, and try to destroy our own authentic selves? That’s the question you and I need to answer. We’re all in this together. We only have so much time on this planet. Why not spend it all being our true, nerdy selves? Why not spend our days expressing ourselves, fighting off the fear of being labeled, and just living, passionately, as we are?
Let’s all go be unapologetically nerdy.