I wrote a post last night, mainly focused on Star Wars. But I want to dig a little deeper into the key point I made. That is that we need to find things that we enjoy in this life, and celebrate them. And not spend useless time criticizing those things that give people joy.
(Now of course I am not referring to those individuals who find joy in hurting others. Or those who are only able to find joy in things that are physically harmful to themselves. I am not condoning or recommending those actions.)
People ask me what FreeRangeGeek means. And my simple answer is that I have a lot of things that I geek out on, and there is a wide variety of those things, not just zeroed in on one area. And I recommend that approach to life. But if you focus on just one thing that gives you joy and geek out on it that is okay too.
I geek out on sports, mainly american football and basketball. I am not as focused on those as I once was. But as I sit here at my desk I see multiple objects celebrating sports teams that I follow and cheer for. And while I do not watch as much as I once did, I still make it a point every day to read up on the news in the sports world. I find those things interesting, and watching a good game or watching my team win, gives me joy. Are there elements of sports that are negative, that subtract from that joy? Yes, but I choose not to focus on them. I am aware of them, and that is one of the reasons my focus on sports has lessened over the years. But I do not think less of a person who loves sports and makes following a team or teams a big part of their lives (unless you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan 😉 .)
I geek out on my games, role playing games and table top games. Lately that focus has been on role playing games. But that doesn’t mean I think less of the other games. It just means that my attention is currently held by the RPG’s. And I currently wave this geek flag high, I no longer try to hide this part of my life, I tell people that I am going to play D&D, and I arrange my schedule around those games.
I geek out on my TV shows and movies. I talked about Star Wars yesterday, but that same feeling can be turned to my comic book hero movies and TV shows. From the gritty violence of Daredevil to the over the top camp of the Marvel Avenger movies. I love them all. And I make it a point to watch them and enjoy them. And I love that Kim and the kids have begun to share this love with me. We now all look forward to the next Marvel movie, make sure we do not miss our shows. Are TV and movies on some level passive entertainment? Sure, but it is still entertainment. And more importantly it is fun to talk over it all and understand how all these things interconnect.
I geek out on books, mostly fantasy, some sci fi, and the occasional non-fiction. I am looking at replacing my iPad, and one of the biggest factors is how good do books look. If you catch me at lunch on a work day I am most likely reading. I got the bug at an early stage, from two parents who loved to read, and it has never gone away. One of my most prized possessions is my library card.
And I geek out on music. I love my music. My eclectic musical collection that I have amassed over the years. I am not the type who has to have a high end music device. I just want to be able to listen to something. I probably have music playing in the background for at least a third of my day every day.
That is a very general list of what I love and geek out on. There are other things I love: being a parent (most of the time), eating, hiking (or at least getting out and enjoying nature.) And one of the things that turned me around from where I was a few years ago was turning my focus from the things I could not control and thought I should like to those things I did enjoy and love.
Most importantly, I care less about what other people geek out on than before. If your thing is sports, that’s cool. If your thing is church, then that’s cool too. If your thing is helping others, then by all means do it. So long as what you love to do does not harm you or others than do it. And don’t listen to those who criticize what you do. Oh, there is one other thing I don’t accept, spending your time criticizing those things that people enjoy. I don’t want to listen to someone sit and complain or criticize. I want to sit and listen to someone speak passionately about something they honestly enjoy. That is what being a freerangegeek is to me: passionately enjoying something (or many things) and be willing to share it, and do not criticize others passions.