Once again – my favorite of all favorites!
The most awesome Blog Hop hosted by Something Clever 2.0, The Next Step, The Insomniac’s Dream, and Mom With Her Running Shoes On and the Theme this #ThemeThursday is : Rivalries. Pertaining to Geek Culture. Are you a Geek? Do you know a Geek? Is a Geek even a Geek anymore?
Here’s my thoughts. I grew up a geek. I was unpopular, chubby, had zits, and developed waaaay before it was cool. Or…. I guess I thought I was a geek. I went to Future Business Leaders of America camp, Space Camp, and Norwegian Camp. I went to Engineering camp. I was a good kid – never drank or snuck out. I got good grades. I was drum major. And played in concert and jazz band.
I was also Cheerleading captain. And on Pom-Pon. And Student Council.
I had a boyfriend (yes, folks, the one, the only, Dr. Evil. I met him…this one time, at band camp….seriously…I met him at band camp when I was 15).
I was fortunate to grow up in a smaller town where being super crazy involved in any activity I choose to try held a good chance of me being able to participate. I joined tennis my senior year because I didn’t want to play volleyball for another year. I was in drama – although I sucked. I was on school newspaper.
But…if that is all geekiness….then I’m glad. I tried almost everything there was to try in high school – as far as school sanctioned activities go. I married a geek. I went to a geek’s university. At my high school I was pretty damn smart if I do say so myself. I got a 33 on my ACT. At Rolla – I was not the brightest bulb in the bunch by oh-so-far. And it was holy hell. Now I was at a geeky school where being geek was supreme and I still didn’t fit in. I wasn’t so book smart after all. (And just in case you’re wondering – Dr. Evil is freaky smart – like scary smart. He’s amazing….)
WTHeck? Would I ever find my place? I was in a band service sorority. Not the kind where you live in a house. But a service group. And I got very involved….ran for and was elected into district leadership. Where I was the vp for something or the other for 13 universities across the midwest. So now I was geeky and not geeky enough to be a cool geek but geekier than some…and … yeah.
Then….you graduate college. You get a job. It no longer matter quite so much if you’re one of the cool kids. Although I still yearned to be in that ‘cool-kid’ club who went out to bars after work. But I was married. And not single like all my same aged co-workers. We had very different perspectives on life. At 22 I was 2 years into my marriage, madly in love with my husband, loving my job – as strange as it was, and juggling different dreams than my peers. I still felt a little on the geeky side. I have a degree in applied mathematics. I trained soldiers and sailors. I wrote training for trainers in the military. I taught pilots how to use software. I mean really….can you get much geekier? (I will say proudly, I never once wore a pocket protector.)
Then…the next part for me. Being a mom. And I felt that high school geekiness all over again. I was so not one of the hip, cool moms. I was so out of my league. I’m a short but bigger gal. I’m not exactly what one would call fashionable. At all. I think as I’ve gotten older (God help me, I can’t believe I just actually wrote that) I’m coming into my own.
My own love of my GEEKDOM.
Everyone one of us has something geeky or cool or awesome or strange about us. Maybe, like me, you have a knack for weird shit happening to you and then to cope – you basically perform as a stand up comic to all your friends as you regal your crazy escapades. Maybe, also like me, you can touch your tongue to your nose with no effort at all! And if you really tried…you might be able to put your tongue in your nose…speaking for a friend there…yeah…a friend…who was drinking a lot the night she was dared to do so….. Maybe you have a knack for seeing outfits and how the fit together (please – for the love of all things holy, find me, offer to help me, and I will bow at your feet!).
And then one day…you decide to start to write about it. And you find your true inner geek. And fall in love. And find that being true to yourself….it’s not geeky at all. And there’s this group out in the world – bloggers – who are completely and totally wonderful. They understand your inner geek. Because they have one too. And maybe they’ve embraced their inner geek or maybe they’re just becoming aware of their inner geek. But deep down….we all have some part of inner geek. Wether it be about blogging, mommy-hood, math, makeup, writing, daddy-hood….
Passion is the new Geekiness. And I am so very passionate!
What about you? What’s your inner geekiness? What’s your passion? What are your thoughts? Are you a purple dinosaur (that’s the question I throw in when talking to Dr. Evil and he’s gone to the glazed over look)?
Leave me a comment – I will respond – I promise!!!
EJ out – to geek hard on Breaking Bad Season 5 in preparation for Season 6 – the FINAL season on Sunday.
My inner geek is very competitive. I’ve fallen off the top 25 in the humor section of Top Mommy Blogs. Do me a solid and click on the juggling lady there on the right – you’ll cast a vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs. And while there – check out some others – there’s some pretty amazing writers out there…..