I’m a nerd.
I’ve always been a nerd. I was that kid who was obsessed with Pokemon. I’m that 20 something who still plays Pokemon. I have no shame about it. I was born and raised on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Data was one of my first words. I’m a Star Wars fan too. Yes, you can do both. Comics have always been who I am. The 90s X-Men animated series is the best version of the X-Men I’ve seen on TV or film.
I know all these statements are loaded and, in some circles, highly controversial. But that’s the state of being a nerd these days. Being a fan of a vast and wide subject matter and having civil debates about their merits.
The internet is the landscape where these types of conversations happen. Finding a group to talk, debate, and laugh about these important topics is vital in today's world. Finding your online friends can lift your day, week, or year. They can give your life a purpose when nothing else seems to matter. They can save your life.
My group is the Nerdist, Alpha, and Geek & Sundry family. I found them when I needed a community to join the most, and I’ve never looked back. I can say without hesitation that every day I’ve been a part of this community has been exhilarating. I’ve been afforded so many opportunities since joining. I don’t want to turn this into a humblebrag, but I’ve seen the tremendous kindness of people that I admire. And I’ve even gotten to meet them in person.
(And if by chance anyone from my TwitchFam or DiscordFam is reading this, thanks for being there for me.)
So find your community, group, or online clan. Find somewhere you can plug into and have those meaningful conversations about your passions. In the meantime, I’ll be reading for my weekly book club and looking forward to the Shaw Brothers Friday night screening on Project Alpha. This is my life, and I’m more than alright with it.
If you have any questions, or just want to hang, you can find me on Twitter and Instagram @lostthenumbers.