"My natural enthusiasm about bugs is stronger than any worries about how nerdy I appear..." -Thomas Shahan.
I ran across this quote last week in a tweet by The Today Show. Shahan was a guest on the show, talking about his passion for photographing bugs. Do yourself a favor and visit Shahan's Flickr Photostream. I am not a huge fan of bugs, but his photos are incredibly beautiful. It's like visiting another world. Imagine having the ability to do this--to show people other worlds right there under their noses all the time--and NOT DOING IT because you're worried about looking "nerdy".
So this is what I say to you: if you're a nerd--what Dictionary.com calls "an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit"--embrace it. Many of the truly incredible things that have been accomplished in this world were done by intelligent, single-minded, and yes, obsessed people! You owe it to yourself (and the world) to share it!
What do you think of his photos? Aren't they amazing? Have you ever been called a nerd? Are you cool with it or do you hide your enthusiasm because you're afraid of what people think?
Photo credit. CC BY 2.0