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Wil Wheaton's Advice to a Young Nerd Is Spot-On

Got a pint-sized geek in your life? Were you once a pint-sized geek? You ought to take a few minutes to watch actor Wil Wheaton reassure a kid who's not sure how to deal with being called a nerd like it's a bad thing.

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"When you were a kid, were you called a nerd? And if so, how did you deal with it?" asked a little girl at Denver Comic Con, according to BuzzFeed. Oh child, clearly you are too young to have heard of something called Star Trek: The Next Generation and specifically the inexplicable character of Wesley Crusher. Wil Wheaton knows plenty about being called a nerd.

Which maybe explains his dead-on response to the question. Short version: Don't let it bother you, because when someone gives you a hard time for being a nerd, it says more about them than it does about you. "Don't let them make you feel bad because you love a thing," Wheaton told her.

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The video is from back in June but started circulating on Facebook this weekend, leaving Wheaton pleasantly baffled:

Not to mention that one day a series you read obsessively in high school will become a hit HBO franchise, and you'll get to watch everyone you know lose their fucking shit when Ned Stark gets his head cut off. Who's crying now?! You are, because George R.R. Martin will kill everything you love. RED WEDDING.

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It would have been incredibly impactful for me as a young person to hear an adult say that my life would get better. As a nerd youth, my "role models" were grungy, loser adults who hated their lives. It didn't make me very optimistic for my own future.