Shame is very common on the internet.
For all the good that collective sites do, bringing together like minded fans of everything from action figures, to glamorous musical shows, there is a dark side.
This side is almost always dedicated to saying how much of a guilty pleasure what you love is. It calls you a geek if you dare step into the limelight and say ‘You know what? I’m proud to love FILL IN THE BLANK!’
Now, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things certain groups love that are worth being ashamed of, things that hurt themselves and other people.
But we’re talking about the harmless geek pursuits here along the lines of colorful cartoons, or action figures or lava lamps or whatever you may be a fan of. As long as you’re not using your rent money on a new limited edition object of your choosing, or selling your first born for tickets, things are well within normal levels (hopefully).
Sometimes, we feel ashamed of liking something because others around us in our day to day lives don’t have the same passion for them. It can be lonely when you love a movie or show so much and then turn to see the person you were trying to share it with has fallen asleep.
But, in the end I think we may too often forget: There’s nothing truly wrong with being geeky. Sometimes that shame is only a shadow of others opinions and not our own true feelings.
There’s a good life lesson in there somewhere.