In celebration of International Women’s Day, I want to celebrate all the facets that make me the woman I am. It’s high time we started celebrating everything about us and stop letting society stuff us into idealized little pigeonholes. Embrace being a “tomboy”; embrace being a “gamer” or a “geek”; embrace everything that makes you the greatest and most engaging woman you know how to be.
I enjoy video games, even if I’m not really all that good at them. I think the only game I’ve finished to-date is Skies of Arcadia for the Dreamcast. (Yes, the Dreamcast.) My favorite genre, if you haven’t figured it out by now, is Roleplaying Games (RPGs). I remember tooling around in Dragon Warrior way back in the day, or playing Gauntlet in the Arcade (Blue Valkyrie needs food badly!), all the way up to the present day and my forays into Azeroth and World of Warcraft.
It’s not just limited to video games, though. I play a lot of tabletop, too. I used to play Warhammer 40k, had my own Sisters of Battle army and everything. I’ve also run the gamut on pencil and paper RPGs, from d6 Star Wars all the way to a swashbucking squirrel in Ironclaw. I’m even currently playing in a D&D 3.5ed Forgotten Realms campaign whenever we can manage to get our group together.
I love playing characters on grand adventures. I enjoy fleshing them out, breathing life into their stories. Sometimes I’ll even doodle a sketch or two. Gaming, for me, serves as both inspiration for writing as well as a place to relax, be among friends, and just have a good time.
Anime. Fantasy Fiction. Arthurian Fiction. Symphonic Metal. Cooking. Photography. Writing. There are a dozen or more geekdoms I could tack on, because I love and enjoy so many different things. Not only are they things I can do on my own, but they open doors to finding other people who are equally (or sometimes more) passionate than I am about them.
Despite the fact that I’m shy, I enjoy talking to people. I know, I know, it’s a contradiction in terms, but I “talk” a lot on forums or in online communities. I enjoy sharing and being shared with — when it’s not just some dumb meme or the latest lolcat circulating the web. I like sharing meaningful conversations about things that we’re passionate about and the things that interest or entertain us.
I like it when people feel excited about the things they’re geeky about, because it makes me excited for them — and sometimes even curious. Like I just started watching the anime Full Metal Alchemist – I’m behind the times, I know. A friend couldn’t stop talking about it, so I had to see what all the fuss was about. It’s because of that exuberance, though, that I felt the urge to check it out. It’s how we should all be about the things that matter to us.
Share and enjoy being shared with. You never know what you’ll discover.
Some might look at me and think goddess is too strong a word or that I might be conceited. However, this isn’t really a matter of ego. I love who I am and I embrace everything about me, flaws and all, just like I try to do the same for others around me. Beyond that, I try to encourage and inspire others, to nudge them toward things they dream or aspire to.
I am strength. I am beauty. I am wisdom. I am compassion. All these things combined — at least in my eyes — make me a goddess. I don’t need to be worshiped and I don’t need people to agree. It’s just part of embracing all the facets that make me me.
And there’s nobody else quite like.