That’s right—you, reading this post, you are a nerd.
You don’t think so? Maybe that’s because you’re just nerdy about something you didn’t know you could be nerdy about. To me “nerd” isn’t just about loving math, science, videogames, or dungeons and dragons. It’s not even about liking school or doing well in it. Being a nerd is about being passionate about something, hopefully so passionate that you don’t care who knows it or what they say about it.
You can be nerdy about fashion, music, books, languages, history, art, cleaning, knitting, crocheting, cooking (your friends especially love you), tea, beer, wine, animals, health, makeup, the Bible (or any religion/religious text), sewing, film/TV, jewelry, form(s) of transportation, nature, culture(s), photography, animals, helping others, and the list goes on. And those categories can be broken down even further if you wanted to—there are so many forms of art, genres of literature, periods of time, or forms of science to nerd out over.
If someone has a problem with you being overly excited about your chosen field of nerdom, that’s okay. We’re all passionate about different things. It doesn’t mean they don’t like you or that you should change your mind about how exciting it is. Just find someone else who is nerdy about that thing and you have found a new friend!
As for me, I am a bit of a generalist. I like a lot of different things, and I love nerds! I didn’t Science Olympiad for a year in high school. I had a lot of fun doing it, but mostly I loved hearing people be ridiculous and passionate about their field(s). I’ve never played Magic, but I loved knowing I had friends who did. I’ve only seen the StarWars movies once or twice (I still haven’t seen the seventh one), but I sing “John Williams is the Man” every time I see my friend who loves those movies. I’ve only gotten about halfway through the second season of the Original StarTrek. I’ve read everything Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in the Sherlock Holmes series. I have yet to finish The Lord of the Rings Series. I love reading and reading about myths, legends, and fairytales (but I always the to spell legends ledgends…). I was a music therapy major for a while in college before changing my major to English literature, and I love spreading the word about music therapy! I hope to one day find the time (and persistence) to get back into music. I crochet and love crafting. I hope to explore loads of museums this year. I was terrible at history in school, but I have come to really enjoy historical fiction (I still don’t do well with dates or maps though). You might think it is easy to be a generalist, but you still have to know a lot, just about a lot of different things. For me, I love it and it’s worth it.
So, everyone reading this: You are a nerd and I love you for it!
If I didn’t cover your form of nerdiness (or even if I did), I would love for you to write it in the comments!