Today’s topic is brought to you by The Daily Post: What would you tell yourself 10 years ago?
There was a similar hashtag Twitter meme going around with this a few months ago, of what you’d tell your younger self. I loved the idea of that. It let me reflect on what I was like 1o years ago and what I was stressed out about then, and see how much has changed, or not, in all this time.
How appropriate that as I’m turning 30 in about 2 months, that I’m made to reflect on my 19-going-on-20 self. 10 years ago, I was about half a year into my first year of university. I remember feeling like such a grown up, being the oldest child in our house and the one to “go off” to university. I remember I still had the insecurities of my high school years (and all that went along with it) and, like I had answered in the Twitter meme, I would have told myself: It’s not that bad being a geek. One day, you’ll embrace it.
And it’s true, I did. What once was an insult hurled by bullies to me and others, I have come to embrace my geekiness. Obviously whether it be tolerance or a change of the times, it’s more “accepted” to be nerdy and geeky, but it shouldn’t even be something that had to be accepted in the first place.
I used to hide the fact that I was a total geek about some things, for fear of ridicule. I wasn’t a straight-A brainiac or anything, but I had a thirst for practical knowledge. I wasn’t great at calculus, chemistry, Canadian history, etc. but I loved learning about the more real-world part of those topics, like weather/natural disasters, forensics, the history of landmarks/buildings.. THAT interests me more than theorems and molecules. I’m not an expert on anything in particular, but I feel I have a well-rounded basic knowledge on many things. A geeky thirst to know the BASICS of how things work, just so I at least get the gist of it. I’m not a computer engineer, but I’ve taught myself enough about computers to end up being the unofficial I.T. person in my office. People who don’t know how to do something on their computers often call to me to help, and if I don’t know how to fix it, I’m resourceful enough to find a way to find out! How at one time I would have hidden this from others, I’ve now come to embrace my geek factor.