I was a nerd and will be for the rest of my life.

I was a nerd and will be for the rest of my life.

I was asked to contribute to a project for Team Bullied, a project in support of a book “Bullied: Ending the Cycle of Fear, written by my colleague, Carrie Goldman.  I made a video, of my bullied experience and how I was able to turn it around and defeat it.

I was bullied from 4th grade all the way through high school.  I encountered being “jumped” on my way home from school and ridiculed while at school.  I did my best to wear a tough exterior.  I tried to pretend that it did not bother me, but truth be told, it did.  I just wanted to be friends with everyone.  I was a nice kid, I was into He-Man and Voltron, I played baseball.  I even tried to play basketball, I say tried because man was I so horrible at basketball.  Not that I was a great baseball player but I was not bad either.

I was a nerd in every sense of the word.  I had large glasses, I was into music, not pop music but artists like Neil Young and Aerosmith.  I was quiet, I kept to myself mostly, I knew my place in nerddom, and I played it well.

The thing about it is that we all grow up.  Bullies grow up and become better people.  They get married, they have children they have great jobs and they become Facebook friends with those they used to bully.  I do not harbor any ill will from those days.  They made me who I am today…

Some things do not change, I grew up too.  I am a nerd still, and I am not planning on changing that.  I am a dork forever.  My dorky childhood made me the man I am today.  I am a great friend, I have many wonderful friends, some of whom share my nerdy qualities.  Girls even have talked to me and sometimes I even go out with girls.  These are the things that us young nerds yearn for.

I am a standup comedian which would probably surprise a lot of people who knew that nerdy kid from the south side of Chicago.  My creativity comes from time spent alone in my room listening to other nerds playing music.  I love my life and would not change anything, not my past, nothing at all.  Being bullied is difficult, but it is not a life sentence, it ends and when it does beautiful things happen.

Please check out the video I contributed to this project.

Also check out the site for more posts and videos.  It really is a beautiful thing.

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