About five years ago, I made a five year plan. A note on the plan said this: find freaks and geeks. I wanted to connect with more people who sometimes see their own society through anthropologist eyes, on the outside looking in. It’s a perspective that helped a team of educators see the big picture and create a student-centric school that paved the way for so many more. We earned accreditation for the school to serve “outside the box” students and their families who didn’t want to be arbitrarily limited in life.
After that, I wanted to find others, to make sure they knew we existed. We have different types of “freaks” on staff, unique individuals with their own passions and talents, so each could do a part to bring others into our collective family.
For me, that journey would include mindfully entering the world of the sci-fi/fantasy conventions and festivals – not just as a visitor, but making my place as a member. Right now, I am writing you from Radcon, the Pacific Northwest’s second-largest sci-fi/fantasy convention. Soon, I will be on a panel to talk about Neurodiversity in Geek Culture. I am joined by many others, including Luna Lindsey – an Aspie who has found herself increasingly advocating for other autists. I have learned much from her about Asperger’s, which has helped me understand more about my oldest daughter as well as myself.
Other panels include the Rewriting of History, Religion in Fantasy and Science Fiction, and a panel by the brilliant Kevin Wiley called Making Your Own Way – about living the creative life and making a living at your art. “Art” here is what you decide it to be. Each of you has an “art” – just ask yourself what makes your heart sing, and you will find the answer there. Sometimes this takes some exploring, and such is the adventure of life! As part of that adventure, go find others who “geek out” about that same art, and this is where you will find your freaks.
So what about you? Who are you? What is your art? How can you make your own way to live your life according to your passions and talents? Let’s explore!
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