By: Sarah and Kaitlyn
There are many things we both proudly identify as: Potterheads, Parks & Recreation Addicts, One Directioners, Bookworms, and most importantly, nerds.
It’s funny – most people Photoshop pictures of themselves to look like what they deem as better. We Photoshop ourselves to look nerdier. Because we’re proud to be nerds. And the whole tape-on-the-big-glasses look is just a nerd stereotype. To be a nerd, tape isn’t needed. In fact, glasses aren’t even needed.
A nerd is just someone who gets excited about something. Excited to the point of constantly wanting to talk about it and buy paraphernalia and memorabilia related to it. Did we need Harry Potter wands that are really just fancy $30 sticks that will sit on our bookshelves collecting dust (being muggles sucks)? Probably not. Was it worth it to buy every season of Arrested Development on DVD when it’s free on Netflix? Maybe. Is it strange that we reread our favorite books over and over? To some. But we do these things and get excited about them because we care. We like to put time and effort into our interests. That’s what being a nerd is.
John Green makes us even prouder to be nerds (and Nerdfighters!).
Here’s what being a nerd isn’t:
-It isn’t insulting people for liking something you don’t
-It isn’t keeping your interests to yourself
-It isn’t pretending to not care about anything
Being a nerd isn’t about what you know and love. Being a nerd is HOW you love those things.
There’s a common misconception about what makes something nerdy. Some things are perceived as “nerdier” than other things. For example, some people might see Dr. Who as being nerdier than liking How I Met Your Mother. Some people might think that memorizing algebraic formulas is nerdier than memorizing a Shakespeare monologue.
This is wrong.
If you are deeply passionate (maybe a little obsessive) about the things that you love, you are a nerd. Being passionate about something is a beautiful thing. That being said, how could “nerd” ever be used as an insult?
The answer: it can’t.
We think that “You’re such a nerd” is nothing more than a fantastic compliment. Why, thank you for noticing my excitement about _______________!
John Green once again/always says it best:
“Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself.”
All of us are excited and madly in love with different things. We are all nerds. Go out there and let your nerd shine! (We're off to perfect our 'Oculus Reparo' spells to fix those tapped glasses up there!)