I am a geek and I am proud to say so
When I was growing up, it was not popular to read books, have a good relationship with your teachers. Later it was not popular to know Shakespeare or read Harry Potter. The list of things that were not popular can go on and on and for kids nowadays it has not changed. There are still the things that are popular and things that are not popular and kids these days don’t have it easier.
I grew up loving books and thankfully no bullies were able to get to me and not because they didn’t try. I changed schools and when I got into a much better school, I found myself among geeks and nerds all the way throughout it. We all were fans of something. And I truly believe that it made me a better person in the end.
Nowadays, and I have to use a term that I have borrowed from Swot Sisters — I am a Nerdfighter Eclectanerd.
I have been a Nerdfighter since 2007 and I became one because I started watching YouTube videos made by vlogbrothers who still are one of my favourite people to watch.
I watch various TV shows, including Star Trek, Doctor Who, Supernatural and QI. I read Shakespeare, Tolkien and watch opera and theatre. I play tabletop RPG’s and computer games. I play volleyball and love quidditch.
I encourage people be intelligent fans, leaving the childish behaviour behind. I strongly believe that there is a possibility to be a fan and absolutely freak out (in a good way) about all the amazing things creative people have put out there. There is something wrong with people who are not fans of something.
Science fiction and Fantasy has touched so many people and parents should read fnatasy and science fiction to their kids. I encourage people to cosplay and I know how hard it is to put yourself out there in the world that still judges people who do it.
But I am a geek and I am proud to be a geek. I will keep encouraging people to be more open about their fandoms because getting lost in a fandom has helped me through some hard times and I believe it can help others as well.
And, as they say in our home — Don’t forget to be awesome!