My advice to people going through what I went through? You only (presumably) have one life to live, and if you spend it hiding who you truly are, you're essentially passing up on living it. And if you can't accept yourself as you are, who will? If being the cool kid means I have to spend time doing what I hate and being what I'm not, I think I'd rather just be a nerd playing Fire Emblem on One Tree Hill night, thank you very much. If you love being an otaku, go to to conventions, cosplay, join forums, get involved, talk about it with other people, watch your favorite shows, and most of all, simply love being the amazing, uncovered you!