I grew up in the late 80s and 90s. I was totally a little smarty pants kid. Always there with a joke and a fact. I was always thirsty for knowledge and hated being dumb. That could stem from some childhood insecurity but who knows.
I eventually found punk rock while visiting some family when I was 10 or so. I was introduced to Rancid and my life would never be the same. After that came punk rock.