Last night in BJJ class, Josh teased me for using the word “encroaching”, then Mike called me a nerd, and I was like “Duh.” I’ve already admitted that I am, in fact, a nerd. I’m also kind of dorky, but I’m definitely not a geek, because I don’t understand a damn thing that’s going on inside my computer!
According to Wikipedia, a nerd is “a person who is overly intellectual, obsessive, or socially impaired. They may spend inordinate amounts of time on non-mainstream activities. Additionally, many nerds are described as being shy, quirky, and may have difficulty participating in sports.” Do I think any of that fits me? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes. For a non-athlete such as myself, training Jiu-Jitsu was really hard at first, and although it is a sport, it certainly qualifies as a non-mainstream activity.
I’m obviously a nerd, because cool people don’t write blogs where they talk about their fears, since cool people have no fear (which is part of what makes them cool!), and only a nerd would be as delighted as I am that while researching the word “nerd” for this post, I found out that the first person to use it was Dr. Suess!
Besides being a word nerd, I’m also a gamer nerd, but I think I’m way cooler than most other nerds (and my husband would probably agree, but my daughter would not ;). I guess that’s like saying Dora the Explorer is cooler than SpongeBob SquarePants. It doesn’t really matter, because they’re both still nerds.
Being a nerd seems to have become cool these days, but I’m not one of those neo-nerd pretenders, who has no idea what it feels like to be tormented for being “too smart”. I used to try to hide my nerdiness, but I was a nerd long before it was even remotely cool to be one, and I have the emotional scars to prove it!
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”