Greetings fellow humans. This blog post is inspired by Felicia Day’s book You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost), a memoir that relates Felicia Day’s life and rise to internet fame. Rather than reviewing this book I have decided to use the message of embracing your weird to promote happiness. The media has increasingly focused on promoting fear and negativity, I hope this post forces the tide the other way slightly.
Felicia Day’s book recounts how she was home-schooled by doing a lot of reading rather than being spoon fed information at school. In a modern world where there are so many ways to acquire knowledge, such as reading books or articles online, which makes it easier for people to follow there passions. For example, my main interests are fantasy and fairy tales, history and other random subjects. There is no reason not to pursue these interests, the trick is to escape the fear of being judged.
I believe that escapism can actually have a positive impact on life in general. Escaping into a good fantasy book or playing a game are proven methods to help reduce stress and really fun at the same time. Last year I was on a bus into the city centre, and was reading The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson to pass the time. I was so focused on reading the epic battles involving Vin using her allomancy (magic fuelled by different metals, yes it is that awesome), that I nearly forgot to get off the bus at the bus station. Yes I could have been late for work but I wasn’t and was more relaxed due to escaping the stresses of modern life.
In the introduction to You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost), Felicia Day mentions that by embracing her true self caused the world to open up for her. Embracing the real you should be everybody’s mantra. At the moment I am still a little shy in social situations, but since I started to embrace myself for who I am, I have been able to contribute to conversations with people who share my geeky passions.
If you are interested in reading Felicia Day’s book, the title of the book is You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day, which hopefully is available at your local bookshop or alternatively look on Amazon.