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Will Wheaton: Are you going?

I'm going.

Wil Wheaton: Hi, Violet. My name is Wil Wheaton. It's 2013 and you've just recently joined us on planet Earth. So welcome. I'm an actor and I'm a writer and I'm a Dad, and your mother asked me to tell you why it's awesome to be a nerd, and that's an easy thing for me to do because that's who I am.

I don't know what the world is going to be like by the time you understand this. I don't know what it's going to mean to be a nerd when you are a young woman. For me, when I was growing up, being a nerd meant that I liked things that were a little weird, that took a lot of effort to appreciate and understand. It meant that I loved science, and I loved playing board games, and reading books, and really understanding what went on in the world instead of just kind of riding the planet through space.

And 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. Now that I'm an adult, I'm kind of a professional nerd, and the world has changed a lot, and I think a lot of us have realized that being a nerd or being a geek, is another word you'll hear, I sort of use the terms interchangeably, it's not about what you love. It's about how you love it.

So, there's going to be a thing in your life that you love and I don't know what it's going to be. It might be sports, it might be science, it might be reading, it might be fashion design, it might be building things, it might be telling stories or taking pictures. It doesn't matter what it is. The way you love that, and the way that you find other people who love it the way you do is what makes being a nerd awesome. The defining characteristic of us, the people in this room, and I'm going to ask your mom to turn this camera around in a minute. Go there, go on.

The defining characteristic that ties us all together is that we love things. Some of us love Firefly and some of us love Game of Thrones, and some of us love... These are things that you'll be able to go see. They are in your history book. Star Trek or Star Wars, or anime, or games, or fantasy, or science fiction. Some of us love completely different things. But we all love those things so much that we travel for thousands of miles, which is probably easy for you but it's still difficult for us. We're still on fossil fuels, I don't know what you're going to be on. It's difficult. We come from all over, in some cases all over the world, so that we can be around people who love the things that we love the way that we love them.

And that's why being a nerd is awesome. And don't ever let anyone tell you that that thing that you love is a thing that you can't love. Don't ever let anyone tell you, "You can't love that, that's for boys. You have to love this because you're a girl." You find the things that you love, and you love them the most that you can. And listen, this is really important. I want you to be honest, honorable, kind. I want you to work hard. Because everything worth doing is hard. And I want you to be awesome, and I'm going to do my very best to leave you a planet that you can still live on.

There may be small errors in this transcript.

Original: by Wil Wheaton and Jennifer Black-Moir. You might want to follow Wil on Twitter and Facebook. Found by one of my favorite geeks, Rebecca Eisenberg, whom you should like on Facebook or the Klingons win.

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