Guest Poster, Patrick O'Hara: I am nerd and I am proud of it!

Lately there has been a lot of talk about bullying.  In fact, there is documentary that came out recently that shows the effects that bullying has on kids.  I know firsthand how it feels to be bullied it happened to me.  I was never the popular kid, I was awkward, I was weird.

Guess what?  I am proud of it!

I am a nerd I wear it like a badge of honor.  I am geek in the truest sense of the word.  I love it.  I love it for all of my awkwardness for all of the time it takes for me to know people enough to talk comfortably with them.  Also, my fellow nerds, being a nerd has never been so popular.

Just look at all of the comic book movies being made, the books that are being read and the movies being made out of them.  When I was a kid “Harry Potter” would have been a book that only dorks would have read.  We live in a culture right now that favors geeks.  Some of you may have found this link through facebook, which is run by an socially awkward Mark Zuckerberg.  Movies are starring more and more geeks, just look at Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg, no really look at them I think they are the same person.

Honestly, being a geek is what made me the person I am today.  The person who likes being around other nerdy people.  I am comedian and I use my awkwardness to my advantage.  I am a huge music nerd. Many come to me for music advice.  When I was a kid that never happened, in fact, I remember wanting an Easy-E album for Christmas because all the other kids liked him and I thought it would make me cool.  Thanks mom and dad for not buying me the CD, I love rock and that will always be the case.

I wear glasses and I love it.  It fools people into thinking I am smart, well that and Google.  I have had many tell me I am odd and I tell them thank you.  I do not want to be normal, I want to be a geek forever, it is a pretty awesome life.

My point to this blog is this: kids are mean.  They do not really know how mean they are, to them it is harmless.  The reality is that nerdy kids don’t always see it that way.  I came home many days with tears in my eyes.  I spent many a summer day in my house afraid to go out because I feared getting beat up.

The good news is that jerk kids grow up.  Most become successes and good people.  In fact, I have reconnected with a lot of the kids that were mean to me.  They are all good people now, some with families.   I do not have any ill feelings toward them.  My sadness and anger wore off long ago.

If you know a kid who is being bullied I hope you will show them this blog.  Let them see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  That life goes on and life is beautiful.  Yes, it may be a rough go for a bit of time, but in the end it is all worth it.  In the end geeks have many friends and many loves.

From a proud nerd to my fellow nerds, live long and prosper.

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