thank you, no, i shall not reflect on what makes me different.
The Prompt: “Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different—you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful.” (Author: Karen Walrond)
I have lived with what makes me different all my life. There’s not a lot of beauty that comes out of those things; at least not for me. So, no, I shall decline to reflect on that, as first, I don’t need to (I know them); second, no one needs my differences delineated for them; third, this would be in the service of talking about how awesome I am on the inside or whatever (or awesome at all?)? No thanks. That’s not my way.
[And yes, that is how I interpreted this prompt. Feel free to interpret that as you will. ]
I would like to reflect on what it is about you (people in my community) that lights me up. In the long run, all I really want to do is match that. For all my bluster (which isn’t terribly blustery, you know) about “winning” or “everyone go be awesome today” or whatever, all I want is to witness and be part of something continually moving forward (including in iterations of stopping, thinking, building, reflecting). What lights me up is when my friends geek out, period.
The oldskool definition of the “geek out” is simply to “to temporarily enter techno-nerd mode while in a non-hackish context.” For the people firmly part of the non-hackerish context, the person geeking out would definitely be marked as the Other, but the other Others? Radar is invoked, gravity and magnetic fields come into play, and all of a sudden you find yourself listening intently to a conversation about flux capacitors—maybe something about which you had no previous interest—just because that person is all lit up about it.
Geeking out doesn’t have to be technology; it just has to be some passionate discussion (or explanation), usually occurring outside of its typical context, probably a tangent, and always with some unfettered intensity behind it. It takes guts to geek out, sometimes, depending on the context.
So, what lights me up more than anything is when you, dear reader, geek out about whatever it is that you want to geek out about. I learn things—content, sure, but also a little bit about the person behind that content. If there’s something about you that is different, that makes you geek out, that makes for intense conversations out of typical contexts, that’s always going to be the part of you I like the best, because it tends to be the most generative. Also the most real.
edited to add: tell me what you geek out about! safe space.
[This post is part of Reverb 10 “an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.” This is my post #8.]