Monday, March 31, 2014

Will Wheaton Hits a Home Run

At a Denver Comic Con, a young girl asks Will Wheaton if he had ever been called a nerd when he was growing up and how he dealt with that. His answer is inspiring.

(Note: Someone in the comments section noted that they didn't think the word "nerd" was an offensive word anymore, and...that may be true, but there are scores of young people who, while they may not be bullied, are always aware that they don't quite fit in to the popular crowd. Whether those people are simply shy, not pretty, not slender, not...whatever, there have always been lots of people who felt "less than" or "different from" other children. It's good to hear someone broadcast this kind of positive message).


Laney4 said...

Thank you. I enjoyed his response(s).
I too was considered a nerd in school. I had the highest marks, carried home several text and library books most nights, and enjoyed projects so much that I did my own research for an entire summer (on Christopher Columbus!).
It wasn't so great as a kid to be taunted with this by the "popular" kids, but looking back from my older vantage point now, I am GLAD to have been one. It helped me deal with life in a grounded and responsible way (several of the popular kids became alcoholics and/or died tragically), and friends and family have approached me regarding my thoughts on various topics through the years. (I was recently asked if I had a large roasting pot, as a friend's daughter was having a "country wedding", and they thought of putting ice and drinks outside in the pot. After some discussion about keeping the costs down, I asked if they or a neighbour had a nice wheelbarrow, and the next thing I knew, she was thrilled to be considering putting the ice in the wheelbarrow and then being able to transport even more drinks wherever needed!)
I too like to have "nerds" in my life for similar reasons: not only because many are nice and a pleasure to be around, but because they often have "their fingertip on the pulse of the nation" and can offer possibilities or suggestions whenever needed. That's also one of the reasons I enjoy blogging: people toss out ideas all the time!
I have learned so much through your blogs, Myrna. Yes, I've learned how to wrap presents to look like purses or to use paper to make a box ... but sometimes you blog about one thing, and it totally relates to something else, and the next thing you know, I've gotten ideas for improving some other aspect of my life. (I can't think of an example at the moment, but there have been several through the years.)
Thank you again.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Laney4, thank you for the compliment. I really enjoy putting this blog together, so I'm especially happy when someone finds something of value (or simply something enjoyable) here. Plus, your comments always add so much. I truly enjoy hearing from you. (Great idea about the wheelbarrow, by the way)!

And for the record, I was a super shy, exceptionally quiet student who always had my nose in a book, got good grades but was often overlooked (because it's just very easy to forget the quiet ones, I suppose). I once had a fellow student tell me that I read weird books, but in the end, yes, all that "weird" reading has paid off as an adult. I wish that every child could realize that once you enter into the big, wide world, you tend to find that there are a whole lot of other people who share your interests and who don't think that you are weird because you enjoy learning new things. Connecting people of like minds, people who would never have otherwise met, is one of the best things about the internet, in my opinion.

Laney4 said...

Yup. Well said.

Mary Preston said...

My daughter showed me this. I was in tears by the end.

I had an eclectic group of friends in high school. We valued each other & our differences. I do think that it was another time & also just a big country high school, so that there was a place for everyone to be who they were.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Mary, isn't it wonderful when you find friends where things just click? I love that a group where everyone wasn't the same could value those differences. That's so awesome! It's a bit rare today, so it's even more wonderful when it happens.