Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I certainly have a great deal to be thankful for. Of course, I’m happy that I have a job (even if I do have to work two of them), I’m glad my family and friends are supportive, and I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to write this blog. But there are so many other unsung parts of my life that don’t necessarily get the thanks they deserve.
I’m talking about fandoms.
If you recall in a post I made back in May, I did give a shout-out to some of my current fandoms. I wrote this after dark times, Harry. Dark times. But then I got to thinking about all of the other fandoms that have come into my life which have made an impact. I was inspired by last week’s 5 Fandom Friday, and I decided that today would be an appropriate time to post this. So, for this Thanksgiving, here are some of my most treasured fandoms that I am thankful for.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
I now know why there are conventions dedicated to this particular fandom: it brings people together. I first started watching TNG last year, and it changed my life. When I revealed that I had been accepted into the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the Trek, a good deal of my friends came out and said that they were members, too. How cool is that?
Also, I find it incredible that this series is so progressive. The whole theme of the show was to discover new lands, explore different cultures, and accept every creature for their differences. In a way, it’s allegorical; the Star Trek fandom brings people from all walks of life together, and each person is equal as a Trekkie.
Plus, it’s a damn good show.
I’ve mentioned this before, but I LOVE watching YouTubers. I’ve written about them a few times, and they were in my Thank You post from May, but they still deliver. In particular, I love watching gaming YouTubers. I don’t know why I gravitate towards them, but there’s something so satisfying about having someone talk about video games.
I watch these YouTubers daily. Yes, daily. I put on their videos for background noise when I’m home alone. They make me feel like someone is there. I watch their latest videos at night before I go to bed. Whether they’re playing a scary game, a funny game, or a thought-provoking game, these videos calm me. That’s what I love most about these YouTubers: how they can make the viewer feel like they are there to help out, like an old friend.
Speaking of old friends…
I’ve loved the Sherlock Holmes stories for years. I’ve watched just about all of the adaptations, and I’ve read a good majority of the spin-offs. I’m also crazy about the BBC’s Sherlock series. The books gave me comfort when I was a kid. If you can believe it, I was a weird child. I know. I know. Dishonor on my cow.
When I felt especially ostracized, I would read. My book of choice? A Sherlock Holmes story. Reading about such an extraordinary character made me feel like I could be extraordinary myself, no matter what people thought of me. Sherlock Holmes gave me confidence to be myself.
This was another one that got me through my weird phase as a kid, and helped me make friends. I would come home from school, pop in the Jim Dale narrated book on tape, and relax for hours. I still remember each distinguishable voice he created for every character. His reading made me feel like I was living the story. That’s all us Potterheads ever wanted.
Okay, so it’s technically not a fandom, but I’ve had a lifelong love of dinosaurs. For years, I was planning on becoming a paleontologist. When other kids older than me were scared of these terrible lizards, I was fascinated. A few months ago, I got into a scholarly discussion about the emergence of the first prehistoric mammal with an eight-year-old. This is one of my strongest passions. There has never been a time when I did not love dinosaurs, and I don’t plan on ever stop loving them.
So, thank you fandoms, for helping me with everyday life. I would not be who I am today without them.
BUT, there is one more thing that I would like to say I am thankful for: you Nerds. I’m so thankful for those who follow the site, follow the Instagram page, the Twitter page, and the Facebook page. I’m also thankful for my new blog buddies, the community of Female Geek Bloggers, and the Geeks and Beauties community. Each one of you makes all of this worthwhile, so thank you.
I hope each one of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you on Friday!
Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for?