Find the Things That You Love

First, watch this.

“It’s not about what you love, it’s about how you love it. There’s going to be a thing in your life that you love, and I don’t know what that’s going to be…it doesn’t matter what that is. The way you love that–and the way you find other people who love it the way you do–is what makes being a nerd awesome. -Wil Wheaton”

In the video, Wil Wheaton gets asked to send a message about being a nerd to an audience members newborn baby, and he does.

Being a nerd isn’t about pocket protectors, or D&D, or chess club.  Being a nerd is about finding something you love and loving it no matter what.

My son is obsessed with League of Legends and Minecrack.   I don’t get it.

I don’t have to.

My wife and daughters are all horse, all the time.  I don’t get it.

I don’t have to.

Growing up, we got our first computer when I was about 7.  Thanks to 3-2-1 Contact magazine, I started programming it shortly thereafter.

A few years later, we got a computer that wasn’t Apples green-on-green monstrosity.  My first instructions from my parents were “Don’t break it.”

It took me three days.  I was 11.

At 14, I got sent to computer camp.  Soon after, I was up all night writing code.  I remember getting questioned when my dad got up for work.  “Have you been on that thing all night?”

He didn’t get it.

He didn’t have to.  It was enough that he didn’t stop me.

My obsession–and my parents’ tolerance for it–eventually led to a career that allows me to support my family.

In high school, I discovered roleplaying games.


The friends I made there are my friends now, 15 years later.   I rent a room to one of the first people I played D&D with.  He introduced me to my wife.

My nerdy obsessions have formed the basis of everything I love today.

When you are raising your kids, or shaking your head at something your husband or wife is doing, just be happy that they have found something to love.

Don’t ever tell them they can’t love the things they love, and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t love the things you love.

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