Growing up can be awkward and painful to say the least. That's why Merilee Allred started the Awkward Years Project on Tumblr to celebrate how far she and fellow geeks have come. What started out by Allred asking friends and family to pose with a picture of themselves at their "nerdiest"and describe how they felt at the time – geek, four-eyes, bad perm, easy target, etc. has now become a place where strangers can share their stories as well.
|Merilee Allred's photo of herself at age 11 and now at the age of 35.|
*All images via Awkward Years Project
It's okay to be different. In fact, it's probably the best advice I've ever received.