When I was a kid I was picked on a lot. So much so that I fell into a deep depression that I couldn’t dig myself out of until I was 25. I still have moments where the words come up and haunt me, all the names that I was called. I will be the first to admit that I still have issues with my own body because of these cruel kids of my past. But, depression is no longer a part of my world.
Last night as I was working I started thinking about all the things kids are picked on about. The dumbest thing that kids are picked on about is how smart they are. I remember being called a nerd or geek in school and how it made me want to disappear. Why?!
I was a smart kid and like to think that I am still a smart person. I obsess over silly shows that make my heart glow. I love to learn new things. I read more than I breathe and I like making things. I am a nerd/geek through and through. The only thing I’m not is ashamed. I can never be ashamed of the person I am.
So, why does it take so long for us to realize this? Why do kids thing being smart and liking different things is bad? I don’t understand why I thought being a nerd was a bad thing. Is it still a bad thing for kids?
I have a little cousin that told me one day that she was called a nerd in school. My first thought was to smile, until I realized that she didn’t like it. Of course, I jump in with my ‘old lady’ experience and tell her not to be ashamed. I think I actually told her to tell people ‘thank you’ when they call her a nerd. We should be teaching all our kids these things.
I admit, I will call a kid a nerd when they do something smart. And then I laugh and let them know that it’s okay to be called a nerd. Smart people are awesome!
Let’s be nerds together!