Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nerd Love

Today I got up early to search for a dress at Forever21. Of course, the store didn't have the one I liked online, but they did have a sweater that says BE YOU on the front. I bought it to be worn with a denim mini and pink tights.

As I then made my way to Newbury Comics to purchase the new Angel and Faith comic I started thinking about this in terms of John Green's quote about being a nerd. He says:

“…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.” 

And I've been letting myself believe this more and more lately. My room is covered in posters, I don't hide my Buffy love (and neither does Operation Awesome), my passion for YA lit or my adoration of dorky heart-shaped sunglasses.

But being you is about more than just unabashedly loving stuff. It's about not conforming yourself to fit the way you think other people want you to be.

And I'm still learning that six years after high school.

But I'll talk about Doctor Who to anyone who asks.

How about you? What stuff do you love? 

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