Here is something you probably don’t know about me. I collect Star Trek books. At the minute I have about 30 Star Trek books, most of them being from Voyager. But in the past I had at least 60 or 70 Trek books (quite a number of them were damaged when our house flooded a few years ago, I must have lost at least £200 worth of books). As you may be able to guess I am a fan of Star Trek and have been for pretty much as long as I remember.
You know how teenagers go through that phase of having their entire bedroom covered in posters of their favourite boy bands or actors. Yeah that was me but with Star Trek. Now here’s the thing, when I was in school liking Star Trek was not cool and as such I was terrified of letting my friends know I liked Star Trek. So whenever I had friends over I would spend hours hiding my posters/ videos/ DVDs/ books anything Trek related you can think of.
Now the point I’m trying to get across is this, don’t be afraid to show you love something. This is probably more useful to my younger audience (do I have any teenage readers?) but could be applied to anyone. It’s a lesson that has taken me years to learn. Now I don’t care who finds out. Yeah I like Star Trek and I’m not afraid to say that. But when I was a kid I thought my friends would judge me because I liked a nerd thing.
I suppose now this advice doesn’t really apply so much to nerd culture. I still find it strange to see that being a nerd is mainstream. I mean it’s so mainstream you can walk into a clothing shop and find t-shirts with ‘NERD’ or ‘GEEK’ on them. Being a nerd is cool now. It’s almost expected.
So though this advice doesn’t really apply to being a nerd anymore I still think it’s an important piece of advice. Don’t be afraid to tell people you love something.