13 September 2011

Speaking Out with My Geek Out

Apparently this week is Speak Out With Your Geek Out week. The idea is to speak positively about geeky hobbies etc., trying to break stereotypes and so forth.

So, knowing my audience, this is pretty much preaching to the choir, but I'll try to write something anyway...

I'm not going to speak about specific hobbies, because that's not really the point, as I see it. Geekdom to me is... life. Plain and simple. So much so that I recently in a couple of blog posts (1, 2) discussed the potential use of the term 'post-geek' to better describe my attitude towards geeky things and how it affects my life.

It's all about stories in the end. I enjoy experiencing them. I enjoy creating them. We've been blessed with this uncanny, unfathomable, ineffable gift called the Imagination, and it would be a crime not to use it to all its potential.

Geekiness is simply the way in which this Imagination manifests itself in my day-to-day existence. My love for the Imagination affects what I watch on TV, what books I read, what music I listen to, what I do with my friends, etc. It leaks, in some way or another, into almost every aspect of my life. It's not that I choose a particular hobby, which happens to be geeky. Geekiness is hard-wired into my very existence. What made me this way is hard to say, but it's not a bad way to be. There is too much fun to be had in the world of Imagination to wish for anything else.

But the important thing is, I'm just me, just another person. My geekiness doesn't place me apart from the rest of the world in some way. Quite the contrary, geekdom in today's online world is about keeping connected, about discovering new people, new ideas, new Imaginations, and sharing these experiences with others.

I hang out with friends. I go to bars for a pint or two (well, rarely these days, but I do). I go to the shops. I watch the news on telly in the evening. I like the occasional hamburger, or a chicken salad, or sushi. And in between all this so-called 'normality', I play video games. I read comics. I listen to metal, or soundtracks. I devise plans to entertain friends in fictional worlds. And somewhere in all this the whole that is 'me' comes into being. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

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