Embracing My Inner Geek is a featured hosted by me which I created so that I can geek out once a week on the blog without people thinking I’m weird (I am, by the way!).
This week I’m going to be talking about the effect of the geek badge. In my first ever Embracing My Inner Geek post, I talked about the geek badge that I received from HarperCollins.
I’ve been wearing the badge whenever I go out for about two months now and so have two of my friends and today I’m going to talk about peoples reactions to the badge and my response to it.
One of the most common questions I get asked when people see the badge is:
‘You’re a geek?’
Accompanying the question is a disdainful look and the person asking it will usually not wait for a response. And people wonder why I have a problem with the population of my school year!
Most often I give the person asking the question a withering glare and tell them that, in fact, I am a geek and very proud of it. This is extremely true.
One of the things that annoys me the most is when people say that I’m weird or strange because I like books.
‘Books?’ they say, ‘why would you like books? That’s like liking homework!’
And my reply? I like reading just as many people like listening to music or watching television. I hardly ever watch television and, even though it is on, I would rather read. To me, reading is something that helps me escape and forget and so it really is a great therapy. I don’t make fun of people for playing sports or sitting in front of a games console, so why should they make fun of me?
Now I’m going to write something that is really rather annoying and irritates me a great deal. This is one of the worst things I’ve been told and I just ignore it because it really is stupid.
‘You see this book in my hand? I’m going to burn it!’
Really? Do you think I care? No. I don’t. The person that said this actually waved the book in my face and so I just turned away and thought very bad thoughts afterwards. GO TO THE NEVERNEVER AND GET LOST, PLEASE!
I have had some good reception to the badge, too, and it’s been noticed by my friends, teachers and all sorts of people. When I first started wearing it, people were asking me where I got them from, if they could have one, and were just generally intrigued.
I really don’t regret wearing them and like wearing it around. It really is part of me now and I wouldn’t take it off for the world!
And on that note…
Don’t forget to wear your geekery like a badge!