Then the following video was shared with me, and it just made it all not matter.
His words hold true, no matter how you look at it:
For those not familiar with the man on the screen, this man was once very full of himself. Though over the course of time, like many other people, he has grown and become much more mature. He is, as he put it, a professional Nerd.
So what does it mean to be a nerd for me? It means being interested in things that are typically not typical for people to look into.
Sometimes this can be different aspects of an otherwise very strict political view, and challenging those views that people have to figure out why it is they have that view to begin with.
It means figuring out why people think the way they think, about why I think the way I think, and about the different things that have helped me to become who I am today.
It is about discovering things that many people absolutely refuse to discover due to reasons that are paper thin, or exploring places that people have not explored out of fear of viewing things a in a different perspective.
Being a nerd, to me, is about discovering what it means to be human, and to do so in a way through the perspective of someone who has seen both the worst and best in people, and loving those people for being the people that they have made themselves out to be despite all the negativity that is so abundant in a world filled with people of different views and desires.
And more times than not, I like to express these differences at the game table through a friendly game of some kind. This typically can take the form of tabletop games to digital games, from card games to dice games, and from highly involved role playing games to casual risk-taking dice games. In the end, it is simply a matter of celebrating what makes us all unique, and my enjoyment of those experiences.
What does it mean to you to be a nerd?