Welcome to ‘Renaissance Nerd’

What is ‘Renaissance Nerd?’

Yes.  If pressed to summarize within a ‘mission statement’ (because everyone just loves these):  a platform to express, and exchange our collective, yet diverse experiences and interests.  But, I believe this blog is and will evolve into much more than that.

renaissance man/woman/person is (according to Wikipedia) a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas; such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.

A nerd (again, according to Wikipedia – best site ever) is overly intellectual, obsessive, or lacking social skills…wait.  Scratch that.  Worst site ever.  Okay, let’s see what Webster has to say:  an unstylish (lame), unattractive (lame), or socially inept person (lame); especially one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits .  Awesome – thanks, Webster.  We’ll just leverage the ‘devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits’ portion.

The intersection of the idea of these two words, Renaissance (Person) & Nerd, is what inspires me.  Am I able to become more ‘knowledgeable to solve specific problems?’  Am I able to ‘slavishly devote (myself) to intellectual or academic pursuits?  Emphatically – yes.  A brilliant quote from an amazing 2016 work, ‘When Breath Becomes Air:’

You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.

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We, collectively, are all ceaselessly striving towards betterment within our respective personal and professional roles.  This blog, this forum, this platform – together we will share our stories of success, failure, hardship, and triumph.  We will share our life’s experiences and perspectives.  We will share our passions, interests, and desires.  We will share – Yes.

Welcome to ‘Renaissance Nerd’ – what is your asymptote? 

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