In case the Ph.D. in computer science was not enough of a giveaway on this, let me just say that I am a huge nerd. I take pride in this fact, actually, but I have not always felt this way.
Growing up, I was made fun of a lot because I was a nerd. I felt really bad about being a nerd, but there was nothing I could do about it -- I just love to think, learn new things, and exercise my brain.
I didn't have the perspective then that I have now. I didn't see that knowledge, and the ability to analyze and sort through it, is power; that freedom lies between the ears; or that the strength of my mind and the determination of my will could save me from despair.
Today, I am grateful for my nerd traits. My love of thinking and learning enables me to solve problems of all kinds. It allows me to function well in the world. And it helps me make a really good living and support my family.