The Geek in Me (and in You)
My first day back at the office post-vacation was much quieter than I thought it would be, namely because some criminal (literally) cut the phone lines for at least a few businesses in the small strip mall where my place of employment is located. As such, my office had no phones, no access to the Internet and therefore to work-related computer servers until about half an hour before closing time. So I filed what I could, organized a few other things. Tried not to watch the clock. Stared at the phone blankly for several moments when it actually did ring. And checked Facebook on my phone. (Yay, wireless WiFi! Would have been cooler to have you on my work computer!)
It was on Facebook that I came across a lovely post from one of my favourite writers (and fellow Canadian!) Sarah Bessey in defense of all things fun and, yes, geeky. I’m not going to reiterate her post here – she makes excellent points about letting people love the fun things that they love without being a snob about it if it’s not your “thing”. As she said in her post, “I’ve learned by now to be a little wary of my own sense of superiority. I see it in myself and it’s always gross. Snobbery is never a good address.” I can so relate to that – can’t you? Because it’s easy to make fun of interests we don’t share or don’t understand. And it can leave one feeling “less than” to be on the receiving end of one’s mockery or scorn or disdain in regards to the things you enjoy.
For instance, I’d rather not hear if you think collecting Funko Pop! Vinyl figurines is dumb or for kids. And if you don’t like shows like Doctor Who or Sherlock or Bob’s Burgers, that’s okay – but may it be okay that I do? And you may not know this, but I collect trivia better than many dryers collect lint, usually of a pop culture bent. I also like coffee-themed things, books, a fantastic song lyric or turn of phrase, and fun office supplies. And I love, love, love hearing people talk about the things they’re good at, that they enjoy and are passionate about.
Though all my geekiness aside, I wager if you’d take a look there are things you’re a geek about – that you unabashedly enjoy for the plain fun and sparkle they bring you. Maybe you geek out over board games like Settlers of Catan? Or maybe it’s old cars or home organization systems? Maybe it’s your yard? The thing is – it’s good to have fun. It’s not the end all, be all to life, true. But you don’t need me to tell you that. Again – let’s remember to let others enjoy their things, to not deem one thing “better” or “worse” simply because we don’t like or understand it. Because life isn’t better that way.
At least that’s what I’ve found. :)