Recently there has been a lot of discussion on the rise in geek culture and what that means, and today Felicia Day managed to put it into words in a way I do not believe anyone else has:
I’ve made no bones about it – Felicia Day inspired me to go down the path I am currently travelling, and what she had to say in this video is exactly why. one would not immediately classify me as an outsider – in fact I am kind of the opposite. I tend to fit in with almost any group or click with relative ease. However I have my own version of being an outsider – and that came in the form of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As much as I loved that show, I kept my interest to myself for a long time for fear of what people would think. Even within the few people I did express my interest to I received some ribbing (albeit all on good fun). I was actually afraid to let people know of my fandom. I was somewhat ashamed when I attended my first Comic Convention – MegaCon in Orlando, Fl.
Luckily I learned to overcome these concerns and learned to really embrace my geekdom. Now I realize it was something I never should have feared at all. The activities and communities that I have been able to be a part of have enriched my life immensely. The people I have met and the places I have gone because I embraced this part of myself have resulted in some of the most memorable and enjoyable moments in my life. I am glad for these experiences and memories – and it is because I adopted the attitude which Felicia day sums up so succinctly in the video above.
So this is basically a big thank you to the woman in the video above. Her message is simple and more powerful than you can know. Embrace your geekdom. Let your freak flag fly. Do what you love because you love it and don’t let yourself be limited by what you fear people may think. You’ll be happier for it.