What a Nerd Looks Like: Passion and Acceptance

Hello, followers and friends of Grey Havens YA! Thank you so much for jumping on board with our #ThisIsWhatANerdLooksLike Campaign. We had a busy weekend at the Real Myth and Mithril Symposium, so head on over to our Twitter and Facebook feeds to see photos and updates. We’ll be writing more about it soon, but for now we want to keep the nerd love going!

Our next essay comes to us from Eliza, and she writes about how fandom and geek culture foster community and acceptance. If Eliza’s and Ethan’s essays inspire you, please share them on social media and with your friends and post photos and updates from your own life wit the tag #ThisIsWhatANerdLooksLike. Our friends at Middle Earth News are already in on the campaign!  Let’s keep it spreading.

Nerds are compassionate too! Some of our members served at the Senior Center this weekend.
Nerds are compassionate too! Some of our members served at the Senior Center this weekend at their Mad Hatter Tea Party.

“Being a geek is a great thing. I think we’re all geeks. Being a geek means you’re passionate about something and that defines your uniqueness. I would rather be passionate about something than apathetic about everything.” (Masi Oka). Geeks are the worlds greatest asset. They aren’t afraid to be themselves and express their love for what they care about.

Geek culture is what helps people find who they are. This is especially important for the youth of our generation. A simple book or T.V. show can shape a person’s entire future. It can be the beacon of light in the dark confusing ocean of life. Showing the way to being accepted for who you are and what you like. Being a geek means that you’re passionate about something in your life. Youth need some place to find out who they are, what they like and have no one judge them for it. This is why geek culture is so important. No judgement for what you like and who you are.

If geek culture passes on to the youth of the community, they will slowly spread it to the others and eventually judgement won’t exist anymore. Youth are a huge factor in geek culture. They help show older geeks new things and remind them of themselves when they were younger. I often hear adults say they wish that some sort of group existed when they were younger that allowed them to show how geeky they actually were. Today there is a place that geeky youth can go and that place is called Grey Havens YA. This single book club inspires youth not to hide away their inner geek but let it shine for everyone to see.

This is the impact that geek culture has on youth. Just show who you are and don’t be afraid to be judged. One of my favorite quotes is by Doctor Seuss, “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who care don’t matter and those who matter don’t care.” (Doctor Seuss). This is the impact of geek culture.

Send us an owl: What do you think? If you’d like to join us, tag a photo of yourself with the hashtag #ThisIsWhatANerdLooksLike, and send us your thoughts on geek culture! Check out our Support Page and Community Programming for more Grey Havens YA fun.

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About evermind

Co-Director Grey Havens Group, Inc. (http://greyhavensgroup.com) and it's young adult branch Grey Havens YA (http://greyhavensya.com). Evermind also blogs personally about life, faith, grief, and beauty at Chased by Light: http://evermind.wordpress.com.

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