Words can have different meanings to different people. Geek has typically been used as an insult, but we don’t see it that way. So, I thought it might be helpful to define what it is we are referring to when referring to a Geek.
First, we will use terms Geek, Nerd, and even Dork, interchangeably in this organization. While all came from a place of negativity, we are wearing these terms as a badge of honor. We have worked many years to earn these titles and we embrace them with pride.
But why are we called these things? Why should we embrace them and feel proud to do so?
Merriam-Webster defines Dork as: “a person who behaves awkwardly around other people and usually has unstylish clothes, hair, etc.” Nerd: “a person who behaves awkwardly around other people and usually has unstylish clothes, hair, etc.” Or, “a person who is very interested in technical subjects, computers, etc.” And finally, Geek: “a person who is socially awkward and unpopular” Or “a usually intelligent person who does not fit in with other people.” Or, “a person who is very interested in and knows a lot about a particular field or activity.”
Textbook definitions can be so cruel. We don’t have “unstylish clothers, hair, etc.” We have a style all our own. We each have our own unique style. Some are more imaginative than others, but this does not make them “unstylish,” this makes them unique.
Textbook definitions can be somewhat accurate. “A person who is very interested in technical subjects, computers, etc.” Sure, a lot of us fit that description, myself included. “A person who is very interested in and knows a lot about a particular field or activity.” Well, duh.
Textbook definitions can oversimplify. “A person who is socially awkward and unpopular.” Sometimes, okay, A LOT of times, this is true. “A usually intelligent person who does not fit in with other people.” Well, at least they said we’re usually intelligent.
The textbook definitions make a lot of generalizations about who we are. Yes, we have unique ideas about style. And yes, we are usually obsessed with certain areas of interest. And sure, we don’t fit in with “normal” people a lot of the time.
But what the textbook misses is us. We do fit in with other people, just fine, if they share our passion! Are we awkward sometimes? Sure, but what do we care if the people we’re talking to love Star Wars, or D&D, or Anime, or Zombies, or whatever it is that we’re passionate about.
In my book, Geeks are people who are passionate. We love with abandon. We take great pride in the things we love. And we love to share those things with people that we know are also passionate.
In my book, everyone is a Geek. Though most of us are passionate about Geeky things, there are many Sports Geeks, many Fashion Geeks, many Political Geeks, and many Religion Geeks.
In my book, being a Geek is who I am. I am passionate about Science Fiction. I love spaceships, both real and imagined. I love movies and video games. I love to read. I love my wife. I love Geeks. I am passionate about the things that matter to me.
This is how I define Geek: “an individual that is full of love and passion.”
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