Wil Wheaton explains why it’s awesome to be a nerd

Carly Maga

In a few years, one little girl in Calgary will be the envy of nerds around the world.

At the Calgary Comic Expo last weekend, former “Star Trek: The Next Generation” actor Wil Wheaton received a unique request from a fan: a Calgary woman stood up in front of a large crowd and asked Wheaton to explain to her unborn daughter Violet why he thought being a nerd was awesome. As one of the world’s most famous self-proclaimed “nerds” or “geeks” (a title that has earned him a recurring role as himself on “Big Bang Theory”), Wheaton was more than qualified to answer her query. And he did so in a beautiful way that is now going viral online.

“Your mother asked me to tell you why it’s awesome to be a nerd. That’s an easy thing for me to do because I am a nerd,” Wheaton said, going on to explain that as a kid, being a nerd meant being interested in things that were difficult to understand and things that weren’t exactly popular. “When I was a little boy, people really teased us about that, and made us feel like there was something wrong with us for loving those things.”

He went on: “Now that I’m an adult, I’m kind of a professional nerd, and the world has changed a lot. I think a lot of us have realized that being a nerd, or being a geek is another term you’ll hear and I kind of use those terms interchangeably, it’s not about what you love. It’s about how you love it.”

There's a lot more to the speech (watch the whole thing in the video above), and Wheaton’s words definitely had an impact on the audience and on Internet users who watched the video online.

“Moved to pieces,_ this is beyond awesome,” said one commenter on the YouTube video from the Calgary Comic Expo.

“My son was born April 27th. I want to show him this when he gets older,” said another.

“This_ is also why Wil Wheaton is awesome! Thanks, Jennifer, for posting this for all of us nerds/geeks!” said another commenter.

Though he only played Wesley Crusher on “Star Trek: TNG” from 1987 to 1990, Wheaton is still an icon to legions of fans around the world, thanks to his online presence on Twitter and on his blog, and his relentless touring through comic conventions around the world.

In fact, this isn’t the first time he’s had the Internet in tears with a beautiful story from a fan expo: In March, Wheaton recounted a touching interaction he had with a woman who had used him as inspiration when she was learning to walk again.

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