Mariko of Gamerwife wrote about her geeky confessions the other day, and I was so inspired by her honesty and that of others who joined in to share their geeky confessions that I knew I had to put together my own list.
Being a “geek” is a strange phenomenon, even though the journey hasn’t been strange at all. I grew up on sci-fi movies, video games, and “nerdy” pursuits like reading. While I had never viewed myself as “geeky” at the time, I knew that there were some things that just weren’t acceptable in mainstream culture, especially for a girl. I never felt attacked for my own interests, but I also never felt as if I could openly indulge in those things that I loved.
And then the Internet happened, and “geek” culture came to the forefront. It’s had — and is having – its ups and downs, but overall I’m glad that it’s easier to connect with others about “geeky” things. Whether it’s comic books, video games, superheroes, Harry Potter, or anything at all, the general consensus about what it means to be a geek is to feel immense passion for things that are of interest to you.
Yet despite feeling as if I can talk about my geeky interest more openly nowadays, there are certainly some opinions which I tend to keep to myself. Some are unpopular opinions. Some are just guilty pleasures (which I am having my own inner battle about the term as I type this). Some are confessions, because let’s face it — no human being can know everything about everything. I’m only human and there are some things I don’t like. Some movies I haven’t seen. Some books I haven’t gotten around to. Some games that I probably wasted my time on. But I want to share my confessions today. They’re not confessions I’m ashamed of, even though I might feel hesitant to share them at first, for a plethora of reasons.
But when it comes down to it, if you don’t have opinions about things, then why bother with the thing at all? We’re not all the same, and it’d be pretty darn boring if we were.
I’m also a chronic video game starter, but I rarely finish a game. I’ve gotten better lately, but growing up on Final Fantasy I just kind of assumed that all games took 40+ hours to complete and found myself ditching games because I didn’t have the time. It wasn’t until later that I realized not every game is as long and daunting as the RPGs that I love, and I can easily complete a game if I build it into my schedule and just go for it. I’ve gotten a lot more confident and comfortable in my non-Playstation, non-RPG game-playing abilities too.
I could certainly go on about my infatuation with Victorian England; my belief that The Mummy (starring Brendan Fraser, of course) is the greatest movie ever made; my admission to not ever having read any Mark Twain, nor having any desire to; my ridiculous crush on David Hasselhoff in Knight Rider as a means to being able to have a car as cool as K.I.T.T; or my elaborate plans to become a mermaid. But I think that’s plenty for now.