Happy Geek Pride Day! If you’re reading this blog, then you’re probably slightly geeky inclined. You may not know that you’re a geek, but chances are that if you’re passionate about something – you know that excitable, hyperventilating, almost stalker like passion – you’re probably a geek.
Now, that of course is my own personal opinion, because the term Geek mean’s something different to everybody. As someone who was labelled ‘geek’ super young, purely because they were clever, liked to read, and wore glasses to school, I haven’t always been fond of the term.
In fact, I wanted nothing to do with the term. I just couldn’t get my head around the fact that if you looked a certain way, you were called a geek. And that’s still how a lot of people see it. They think that if somebody is smart or different, then they’re a geek.
But I’ve come to realise that being a geek isn’t a label, it’s a feeling. I’ve had a lot of time to think about what being a geek means to me, and I think Simon Pegg described it best:
Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.
So what does being a geek mean to me?
It means I can get excited about movies years before they come out. It means I have a library full of amazing books that I can easily teleport in to. It means I can spend hours playing video games and completely forget about the world I actually live in. It means I can collect toys because toys are awesome and anyone who tells you they aren’t obviously hasn’t looked or played with one in about 20 years. It means I live an ordinary life like everyone else – I go to work, and eat, and sleep – but I also have one kick ass imagination that never allows anything to get truly boring.
What does being a geek mean to you? Let me know.