I am a geek, and I’m proud of the label. I own it, I flaunt it, and my husband calls it ‘flying my geek flag.’ I love science fiction and fantasy, and still read more of those genres than any other. When I was growing up, I think I spent more time mentally on Barsoom, or Pern, or travelling the stars with Lazarus Long, than I ever did in school. I played Dungeons and Dragons well through my twenties, and I am tickled to say, my character is still technically ‘alive’ and run as an NPC (that’s Non-Player Character for you non-gamer types) by my even geekier friends who still play on occasion. I spent a lot of time painting miniatures for Warhammer 40K, although I enjoyed the painting more than the gaming. I always got my ass kicked; guess I’m a better artist than strategist. Anyone want to buy a couple Tyranid armies? They’re classics, out of print…anyone?
I’ve always known I was a geek, and valued my individuality, but it wasn’t always easy. Growing up, I was happier with my nose in a book, and my circle of friends was small. I didn’t do much to try and fit in and I was an easy target for bullies. As for my dating life, let’s just say it was really pathetic. However, all the teasing and missing my prom solidified my determination to be, just me. Boy, has it paid off!
The older I got, the less I cared what people thought of my eccentricities. I look back on the bullying and teasing I went through and think, yeah it sucked then, but it was worth it. Because it helped shape me; the me that I love being, the me that is comfortable in my own skin.
Now, geek is the new cool. Case in point; Big Bang Theory. I love, love, love how they will throw in the most obscure D&D, LOTR, Star Trek or Star Wars trivia. Many times I’ve been doubled over, howling with laughter, while my husband pauses and rewinds the DVR, then waits for me to calm down enough to explain what’s so funny. What do you mean you’ve never watched? You are missing out! Be sure to check out the art decorating Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment. I’m sure the show’s creator and I read many of the same books, and saw the same movies. So, I guess the geek have inherited the earth, or at least come to dominate the entertainment and technology field. Anyone else work somewhere that the IT guys have named their computer Gandalf or Bilbo?
Are you a geek? Did you suffer through teasing or bullying during your childhood because you were ‘weird’ or a ‘bookworm’? Were you practically ignored by the opposite sex? How has your life been shaped by your geekdom?