“. . . if geek culture can offer fresh, new, alternative paths to all the eternal truths . . . then I say, let there be geekery.”
These great words come from the introduction of Geek Wisdom: the Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture, and it speaks to anyone who has a geeky spot in their heart. Whether that spot is a vortex for all the math and science that can possibly be consumed, or a hole that can only be filled by the likes of Loki or the 9th Doctor, doesn’t matter, and that spot is different for everybody.
Recently, however, it has come to my attention more than ever that there are people out there that for a multitude of reasons are unable to share their true, geeky colours with the rest of the world.
Maybe you live in a rural community and only have access to online game play, BBC series and this online magazine on that most rare and special of occasions. Maybe you spend the day talking politics, weather, and general chit chat with the people you surround yourself with but by night you feel free to secretly indulge yourself in the things you’re passionate about. Or maybe you are stuck somewhere in which owning a set of Avengers pint glasses makes you a “total nerd!”
For those who feel ashamed of the things they are passionate about, I can understand your fear. It’s not easy when you know in your heart that you’re in some way weirder than the average bear. There are plenty of people – such as Amanda Schultz – who either felt they were unable to outwardly express their geeky thoughts until university, or even later in life.
Consider this a Public Service Announcement: Embrace that inner weirdo inside of you.
This can be done in the largest or the smallest of ways. Whether it’s the mere act of wearing a collection of geeky buttons on your everyday bag or putting on a funny t-shirt in the morning, joining an online group where you can be introduced to like-minded people (Nerdfighters and Iggles, for example, are both welcoming communities) or letting yourself have a conversation with somebody, friend or stranger, where you’re openly honest about the things that you are passionate about.
It took me joining an online community with other geek girls like myself to fully realize not only how much of a geek I was, but how proud I felt to be one, and from that moment on I’ve never looked back. Back in the day it used to bother me when people would call me “weird” or “quirky”, but now I wear it like a badge (or button) of honor.
When you embrace that geeky part of yourself, large or small, trust me when I say that it’s like learning something new about yourself. And showing pride in this unique part of yourself always pays off.