A few months ago I attended my first Hawaii Geek Meet. The Hawaii Geek Meet is an annual event where people of various fandoms come together, eat lots of food, and just hang out. It’s a very casual affair, with a couple of medieval fencing demonstrations thrown in.
The fandoms that were represented were quite varied. There were HAM radio enthusiasts, people who studied European Historical Martial Arts (The Schola Saint George), members of the Costumers Guild of Hawaii, a good group of Ingress players, and so much more.
There were people dressed in costumes. Others were sporting shirts from their favorite television shows or movies. All were wearing them with a sense of pride.
While I was walking around, talking to people, and gawking at a home made proton pack (Who ya gonna call?), a teenage girl came up to me. She said that she really liked my TARDIS skirt. She turned out to be a HUGE Doctor Who fan. Possibly an even bigger fan than me. After chatting for a bit we discovered that we also both really love the BBC’s Sherlock and think that Martin Freeman is brilliant. She even told me her mom has a secret Pinterest board dedicated to Benedict Cumberbatch. Which is totally understandable. I loved talking with her. It was like we were kindred spirits.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting people at the Geek Meet. Everyone was extremely kind and willing to teach me a little bit about their particular interest. And I have to admit, I had no idea a lot of these things existed. I always find it so refreshing to hear people talk about things they are genuinely passionate about. Things that they geek out over. Their eyes light up and a smile starts to spread across their face.
I think it’s important for all of us to have something that we can geek out over. Something that can help us escape the everyday pressures of life. Something that brings us immense amounts of joy. And it doesn’t really matter what it is, so long as it doesn’t do harm to ourselves or others. Wil Wheaton once said that “It’s not about what you love, it’s about how you love it.” I wholeheartedly agree.
So whether you’re a brony, Whovian, fantasy football junkie, or Shakespeare nut, keep loving the things you love. And if anyone ever tries to bring you down for loving those things, just say, “Your judgement is not my problem.” Because ain’t nobody got time for trolls.