Yes, I am a geek and I am proud of it. There I said it!
Last week my friend Brad teased me because I was studying for my upcoming fantasy football drafts. He said I was a fantasy geek. I said there is a big difference in fantasy football champion and fantasy football geek. He said geek. I admit that I was slightly offended and uncomfortable with the term. The more I thought of it, yes, I am a geek. If GEEK stands for Gives Everything Excels Keeper, then yes I am a geek.
I was surprised when I searched for the term geek how many different images and quotes came up. It seems I am not the only one who has a change of attitude about the word.
“The word ‘geek’ today does not mean what it used to mean. A geek isn’t the skinny kid with a pocket protector and acne. There can be computer geeks, video game geeks, car geeks, military geeks, and sports geeks. Being a geek just means that you’re passionate about something.” – Olivia Munn
Merriam-Webster defines geek as 1) a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off of a live chicken or snake [yikes not me], 2) a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked [sometimes me], and 3) an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity [yes me].
I love playing fantasy football and take it seriously. I have played for 21 years. When I started playing, I was the only female. I loved the name “The Ballbusters” because it has a double meaning. Until I can longer bust their balls, I won’t change the name. In my SportsCom League, I am proud “The Ballbusters” are the all-time leader in winning percentage and have the most championship titles with 5. I also play in Texas League and have placed second several times. I may write a future blog on fantasy football strategy.
I love learning. I would be a lifetime student if I could afford it. I always strive to make good grades, particularly if I am paying for the class. I tease that an “A” is adequate and a”B” is bad. In high school, I preferred the middle section. Now, I prefer the front row. I can see the screen better, and it keeps me engaged in the lesson. For me, it is too easy to be distracted in the back row.
If my name is attached to something, I want to do it well. I put in the time and effort needed to do it well. Whether it is my career, serving as a volunteer, doing a hobby, or with relationships; I give it my all. I believe that if something is worth keeping, I give everything to excel at it. Hence the acronym GEEK.
So, after thinking that a being a geek was uncool for most of my life. I am now proud to say that I am a geek. It is cool and maybe even a little sexy!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on being a geek. Are you one? Do you want your family or mate to be one? Has your opinion of the word changed?
…. And Life Goes on. Now If I could just find that geeky guy from the front row in high school who is now very handsome, sexy and successful…… big grin.