Yes, I am a Nerd and a Geek: On Embracing Your Identity

Growing up, I was always a little ashamed of being a nerd and a geek. I wore my geekiness and nerdiness on the outside, but I still felt ashamed of it. Kids used to tease me. And it made me feel like I shouldn’t be so geeky or nerdy. Like it was a bad thing.

But over time, I have come to realize, that you know what? I like being geeky and nerdy. I like to read books and I like to learn. I like Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Firefly, and all the dystopians. I don’t really like that many sports. And I don’t really like spending time outside (though my kids are helping me to learn the joy of this – maybe more on this in a different post).

And I used to think liking these things and not liking other things put me at a disadvantage. That I would never be cool and that people wouldn’t like me. But you know what? I think I do all right. I have a lot of people who love me just the way I am. I don’t need to change these things. I don’t need to hide these things. These are the things I love and these are the people who love me.

As I’ve gotten older, I find it easier to be myself. Now, this is not to say that I am never insecure, because trust me, I still struggle with that plenty, but always trying to be the people pleaser gets tired. I have a lot of things I enjoy and I want to be able to share them with people. I want to be able to tell them what I’m excited about, what’s making me happy, and what projects I’m currently working on. It might not be your thing, but if you love me anyways, I’ll love you back and share in your excitement over your projects.

I feel it’s only right at the end of the this post to include a special shout out to my internet friends. There are many of you I never would have met if I wasn’t nerdy and geeky, and my life is richer and fuller because of you. Every one of my friendships changes me and makes me a better, fuller person. And I am grateful for that. More on internet friends in a later post because that is a richer topic and I am tired tonight because I put off writing this too long haha.

Much love and more tomorrow <3,

Melissa

Yes, I am quirky and strange and that is who I am.

Yes, I am quirky and strange and that is who I am.

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