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    Anyone else wish they were a nerd in Highschool?

    Excuse my nonsensical rant here please. But I've seriously been bothered by this for awhile now and need to vent!

    What the heck was I thinking in HS? And even in my early 20's-college years? Parties, girls, sports and more sports. American Legion baseball, basketball travel teams, puking out the window of my Monte Carlo, writing a sappy love letter to some broad who dumped ya, devastated she won't take you back (only to find out later she now works as a cashier and aged, well, very poorly lol)..


    This was basically what I did for the entire 90's...

    What I wish I did?

    Learned to play an instrument. Learned Spanish, or French. Learned to paint. Got into those fantasy board games (D&D) that I'd love to play now, but don't know how to even begin to learn or know anyone who does play.

    We didn't really call those people nerds. We weren't some jerks that made fun of anybody. But we were way too "cool" to do any of that stuff back then. And now I'm sitting here, looking for some type of activity to get into, realizing I know nothing other than sports. And I have no interest in playing anymore sports. I watch baseball still but that's it. Everything else sports wise I'm just burnt/done with.

    I had a strong feeling this would happen one day even back then. I remember many days thinking I wish I was doing some of that other stuff, but never did. Then I got married, kids, work, too busy etc.etc..

    So my question is, did anyone pick up a hobby later in life? (other than bodybuilding obviously). Something they wanted to do in high school but didn't? How'd you go about it?

    End rant.
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    I wish I would've done HS when I was in HS. Too much partying for this guy. Feelsbadnow. I did eventually get my **** together and went to college.
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    Interesting insight, OP. Would be nice to get just one rewind button, no?

    I was sort of a nerd, back in hs though. lol
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    Originally Posted by highiso View Post
    I wish I would've done HS when I was in HS. Too much partying for this guy. Feelsbadnow. I did eventually get my **** together and went to college.
    I hear that. Grades in HS was just something to keep high enough to stay eligible. Never once did studying win over partying. Like you I eventually got it together and finished my degree. Too late to do anything really great with my education though.

    Originally Posted by whatevergirl View Post
    Interesting insight, OP. Would be nice to get just one rewind button, no?

    I was sort of a nerd, back in hs though. lol
    Exactly. I know everyone wishes for the re-wind button, but it's really been bothering me. Most of my friends wish they would have worked even harder in sports so they could have gone on to have some kind of sports career. The Al Bundy types lol.

    I wish I just didn't do the sports at all and done things I would have been able to do or use the rest of my life.
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    I'm glad I did all my partying in HS. YOLO
    I remember my 10 year reunion. All the partiers from my class had a great time, the other people seemed miserable. Sure, they have more successful and productive lives, but at what cost.
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    Originally Posted by nebraskaheat View Post


    Exactly. I know everyone wishes for the re-wind button, but it's really been bothering me. Most of my friends wish they would have worked even harder in sports so they could have gone on to have some kind of sports career. The Al Bundy types lol.

    I wish I just didn't do the sports at all and done things I would have been able to do or use the rest of my life.

    But, you did.
    And in those sports experiences, you gained some positive things than if you would have made different choices, back then. Everything in life pretty much is a tradeoff, and about balance. Hindsight's 20/20... bla bla bla...anyone have anymore cliches to share?

    Thing is, we all learn from whatever paths we've taken...even bad choices, can have some good returns, if you learn from them.
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    Originally Posted by TonyNail View Post
    I'm glad I did all my partying in HS. YOLO
    I remember my 10 year reunion. All the partiers from my class had a great time, the other people seemed miserable. Sure, they have more successful and productive lives, but at what cost.

    did you just say "YOLO"




    I didnt spend near the effort I should have on what was important back in HS. If things could be redone, my studies and planning for more important future years would be at the forefront.








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    Nerd in HS and still am... When everyone was out partying and Messing around I was either at coffee shop or playing on my Commodore 64 typing in the code that was in there and then trying to modify it... A computer programmer now... Only Hobby I am looking at now is making dream catchers and Maybe learning how to tattoo
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    Originally Posted by nebraskaheat View Post
    Learned to play an instrument. Learned Spanish, or French. Learned to paint. Got into those fantasy board games (D&D) that I'd love to play now, but don't know how to even begin to learn or know anyone who does play.

    We didn't really call those people nerds. We weren't some jerks that made fun of anybody. But we were way too "cool" to do any of that stuff back then. And now I'm sitting here, looking for some type of activity to get into, realizing I know nothing other than sports. And I have no interest in playing anymore sports. I watch baseball still but that's it. Everything else sports wise I'm just burnt/done with.

    I had a strong feeling this would happen one day even back then. I remember many days thinking I wish I was doing some of that other stuff, but never did. Then I got married, kids, work, too busy etc.etc..

    So my question is, did anyone pick up a hobby later in life? (other than bodybuilding obviously). Something they wanted to do in high school but didn't? How'd you go about it?

    End rant.
    I'm always finding something new to learn- the only limits are my time, energy and money. There's no difference between bodybuilding and learning something new- if you're willing to put in the time and energy it takes, then the only thing that can hold you back is yourself.
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    I guess the grass is always greener on the other side. I spent my weekends in high school traveling around the country for math competitions, playing D&D games with my friends, and programming computers. I don't regret those things (except maybe the excessive board and video games), but I regret not even talking to girls at the time. If I could do it over again, I would have made an effort to be more social and talk to girls.

    I also regret not learning the truth about certain plants earlier. I believed the bullsh*t they taught us in school at the time, so I didn't learn the truth for myself until college.

    I recognize now that the time I spent playing football was wasted. I wasn't good enough to make it to a college team, and it wasn't even much fun after a while (we won one game my senior year). I don't regret any of the time I spent lifting weights, obviously. That's a hobby that stuck with me for life.
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    Originally Posted by TonyNail View Post
    I'm glad I did all my partying in HS. YOLO
    I remember my 10 year reunion. All the partiers from my class had a great time, the other people seemed miserable. Sure, they have more successful and productive lives, but at what cost.
    It isn't an all or none thing. You can enjoy yourself without being in a perpetual hang over.

    That said, you aren't dead yet OP, you still have plenty of time to learn new skills and develop new interests.
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    No thanks OP. I was a nerd. Aced all my tests, teacher asked me to help the class and when I got home I played MMORPGs all day and ignored everyone calling to hang out with me albeit I slept everyday in class too and tried to avoid conversations since I was an awkward phaggot.
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    I guess I was a nerdthlete in high school. A jack of all trades, master of none. Smart enough to compete in a debate, but not win it. Not really gifted enough of an athlete to earn a scholarship, but good enough to get mentioned in the state newspapers back when kids didn't earn medals just for showing up. Grades were decent, but if I was in the principles office it wasn't for an award. But I was athletic enough to catch and marry the best looking cheerleader I ever met.
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    Looking back I have no doubt that with all the time I had I could have been an astronaut if I applied myself. In the end I would not have changed any of it for the world. All I can do now is make sure my kids can strike the appropriate balance between a healthy social life and a successful academic experience.

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    Originally Posted by rnacdaley View Post
    All I can do now is make sure my kids can strike the appropriate balance between a healthy social life and a successful academic experience.
    I think that's part of what triggered this lately. My daughter is in 8th grade and no matter how much I've tried of late to get her to try other school activities, she's all sports all the time. She goes from softball, to basketball, to volleyball to track.. She really doesn't have much else school related she's into.

    She's getting good grades and it's hard as a parent to refuse to allow her to do the sports she wants to do while she's pulling good grades. I just don't want her or my younger boys making the same "mistake" I feel I made.
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    Originally Posted by nebraskaheat View Post
    I think that's part of what triggered this lately. My daughter is in 8th grade and no matter how much I've tried of late to get her to try other school activities, she's all sports all the time. She goes from softball, to basketball, to volleyball to track.. She really doesn't have much else school related she's into.

    She's getting good grades and it's hard as a parent to refuse to allow her to do the sports she wants to do while she's pulling good grades. I just don't want her or my younger boys making the same "mistake" I feel I made.
    You think you made a mistake, but maybe you didn't. That is your opinion. Offer your expereince and insights to your kids but it will be their choice as to what path they choose and even if they repeat your life growing up they may not look back on it negatively.

    I myself worked my whole childhood literally, my dad has been self employed with so many projects happening at once, after school we were always working in some fashion, mostly physical work. I wish I had talked to girls more, I wish I had tried to play sports, but always felt guilty that my parents worked so much.
    Now my parents are well off, but my dad does not know how to enjoy himself.
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    No, I'm damn glad that I wasn't a nerd in HS.

    Oh sure, it's easy to look at those types later in life and perhaps think of the money and/or careers that some of them have, but that's just bull$hit. My younger sister had some nerdy, "serious" friends back then, and I recall hearing how, "Bill's a pilot now" and "Lou has a 2 million dollar home", etc...

    You know what they don't have? Memories of sweet debauchery, losing count of the women they had by the time they were half way through college, the ability to articulate what a trip is like, doing such ridiculous things that only few would dare. And list goes on.

    So, in the end, I actually feel bad for them (srs).
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    No, I'm damn glad that I wasn't a nerd in HS.

    Oh sure, it's easy to look at those types later in life and perhaps think of the money and/or careers that some of them have, but that's just bull$hit. My younger sister had some nerdy, "serious" friends back then, and I recall hearing how, "Bill's a pilot now" and "Lou has a 2 million dollar home", etc...

    You know what they don't have? Memories of sweet debauchery, losing count of the women they had by the time they were half way through college, the ability to articulate what a trip is like, doing such ridiculous things that only few would dare. And list goes on.

    So, in the end, I actually feel bad for them (srs).
    OP doesn't regret his choices...he is bragging about how cool he was in HS/college.
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    Originally Posted by dbx View Post
    You know what they don't have? Memories of sweet debauchery, losing count of the women they had by the time they were half way through college, the ability to articulate what a trip is like, doing such ridiculous things that only few would dare. And list goes on.
    Some of us did those things in our 20s and 30s instead. I wish I had started earlier, but it's not too late for the guys who missed out in high school and college.
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    Originally Posted by dbx View Post
    No, I'm damn glad that I wasn't a nerd in HS.

    Oh sure, it's easy to look at those types later in life and perhaps think of the money and/or careers that some of them have, but that's just bull$hit. My younger sister had some nerdy, "serious" friends back then, and I recall hearing how, "Bill's a pilot now" and "Lou has a 2 million dollar home", etc...

    You know what they don't have? Memories of sweet debauchery, losing count of the women they had by the time they were half way through college, the ability to articulate what a trip is like, doing such ridiculous things that only few would dare. And list goes on.

    So, in the end, I actually feel bad for them (srs).
    I did alot of catching up on some wild times in a fast and few years from when I was 21 to 28. I went through some money but still have some great memories. I would work my ass off all day and party all night, never called in hung over though, not to my dad.
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    Was a nerd, still am a nerd. Reaping benefits.

    Being a nerd doesn't mean you can't party or score. In fact, as you get older, it appears to make it easier.
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    Originally Posted by Brackneyc View Post
    OP doesn't regret his choices...he is bragging about how cool he was in HS/college.
    I understood that...was just adding my own feelings about it .

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    Some of us did those things in our 20s and 30s instead. I wish I had started earlier, but it's not too late for the guys who missed out in high school and college.
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    Originally Posted by drudixon View Post
    Was a nerd, still am a nerd. Reaping benefits.

    Being a nerd doesn't mean you can't party or score. In fact, as you get older, it appears to make it easier.
    The bolded part is very true. Being a nerd and in good shape later in life after all the high school heroes have gone soft pays off big.
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    Originally Posted by thnikkaman View Post
    I was a nerd in High School.

    But here I am now. I have no regrets.
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    Originally Posted by Brackneyc View Post
    OP doesn't regret his choices...he is bragging about how cool he was in HS/college.

    Sorry to disappoint your theory. I can't even say I was considered "cool".. I ran with the "cool" crowd, but was barely allowed to tag along.

    OP regrets all of those choices.

    I've got a great family and am generally a happy dude. Just wish I'd done things differently those years is all.
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