At Calgary Expo 2013 Wil Wheaten was asked by a fan to tell her
newborn daughter why being a nerd is awesome.
His answer couldn' t have been better.
Hi Violet, My name is Wil Wheaten, its 2013 and you' just recently
joined us on planet earth, so welcome.
I' m an actor, I' m a writer, and I' m a dad, and your mother asked me to
tell you why it' s awesome to be a nerd, and that' s an easy thing for me
to do because that' s who I am.
I don' t know what the world' s going to be like by the time that you are
old enough to understand this. I don' t know what it' s going mean to be
a nerd when you are a young woman.
For me when laas growing up being a nerd meant
I liked things that were a little weird,
that took a lot of effort to understand and appreciate.
It meant that I loved science;
it meant that I loved playing
board games and reading books,
and really understanding what
went on in the world instead of
just riding the planet thru space.
And when I was a little boy people
really teased us about that...
and made us feel wrong for loving
and the world has changed a lot. And I think a lot of us have realized
that in being a nerd, or being a geek...
it' s not about what you love;
it' s about how you love it.
so there' s going to be a thing in your life that you love, and I don' t
know what it' s going to be.
It might be sports. it might be science, it might be reading, it might be
Fashion design, it might be building things, it might be telling stories or
taking pictures. It doesn' t matter what it is...
The way you love that, and the way that you find other
people who love it the way you do is what makes being
a nerd awesome.
POLICE 'W' BOX
The defining characteristic of us. “the people in the room (camera pans to
the audience with cheers)
The defining characteristic that ties us all together
is that we love things.
And some of us love Firefly, and some of us love Game of Thrones, these
are things you' ll be able see in your history books (laughs)
Some of us love star trek, or star wars, or ammo, or games, or fantasy, or
Some of us love completely different things, but we all love those things so
much that we travel for thousands for miles (which IS probably easy for you,
but we' re still on fossil fuels)... we some from all over, in some cases all over
the world, so that we can be around people who love the things we love, the
way we love them, and that' s why being a nerd is awesome.
And don' t ever let anyone tell you that that thing that you love is a
thing you can' t love.
Don' t ever let anyone tell you that you can' t love that "that' s for boys"
you have to love this, cause you are a girl, you find the things
that you love and you love them the most that
and listen this is really important...
I want you to be honest, honorable, and kind. And I
want you to work hard, because everything worth
doing is hard...
and I want you to be awesome.