Obviously I’ve been watching way too much Dragonball Z Kai – we’ve been marathonning something like five episodes a night. It’s one of my husband’s favorite shows, and one of the things I enjoy most about our relationship is sharing what we love with one another. Sure, he doesn’t appreciate James Marsters’ cheekbones the same way I do, but he sat through all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and enjoyed most of it! We don’t always like the same things, but I am enjoying DBZ. Except for Goku being late literally EVERY TIME there is a fight. UGH.
Anyway. We had D&D again last night, and I realized how lucky I am to have an awesome group of friends who like the same things I do. I’ve always been a geek – my dad and I used to spend our weekends watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, or playing Castle Wolfenstein, or reading Lord of the Rings. I grew up watching TNG and Buffy, and desperately trying to convince my sisters to play AD&D with me. Every summer holiday was the perfect time to devour entire sets of novels, or play “Hardy Boys” with my best friend. I was perfectly happy loving the things I enjoyed, and I don’t think that the idea of “being cool” was something that I was aware of, never mind interested in.
Then junior high happened, and suddenly everyone cared way too much about what everyone else thought. I look back now and laugh about how silly it was, but even now some vestiges of insecurity still cling to me. For some reason, once we hit about 13, it’s no longer cool to be enthusiastic about something. To me, being a geek isn’t about WHAT you like, but HOW you like it.
So I am definitely still a geek. When I find something I enjoy, I don’t just watch/play/read it. I devour it, I marathon the episodes, I read the fanfiction, I buy the swag, I draw the fanart, I even get tattoos. And I’m not alone! The best part of the internet is that it brought all the people like me together. When I read through tumblr or Pinterest, I feel like I KNOW these people. We laugh about the same things, and it feels good.
Everyone is a geek about something. Everyone has that one thing that they are super passionate about, that they know everything about and will talk about literally anywhere or anytime. What’s yours?