I've been thinking lately about how nerdy and geeky things have supposedly become really mainstream. While I believe attitudes of "the young people" are generally changing favorably toward acknowledging that traditionally-nerdy things can be not just fun but in fact cool, there's still a huge gap between the older folk (most people over 30 that I encounter) and these geek-loving/being teens and 20-somethings.
I say this because I don't work in IT. Nothing against IT people or folks who work in fields that are newer or dominated by young people, but you don't really now how good you have it. In my past job, there were exactly two people I felt even remotely comfortable "coming out to" about where I spent the second week of August every year. I couldn't even tell other people that I spent five days of vacation in Indy simply because my other coworkers knew Nascar isn't my thing. And honestly, between Nascar and Gencon, what else is there to do in Indy? Note: I know next to nothing about Indianapolis or the state of Indiana as a whole.
Now that I'm with my new employer (doing the same job as before, but with better pay and benefits: woo!), I have exactly zero coworkers that even know I enjoy going to see nerdy movies. These people don't even know that I don't give even a tiny bit of thought to professional sports (or really even college sports outside of my alma mater).
I'm actually a fairly confident and calm guy in real life. I feel comfortable in my interests, but still, as a professional in my field, I'm paranoid that the aging population of workers that make up most of my coworkers will just look at me, dumbfounded as they wonder where all that respect they had for me drips out of their ears as I explain how much I like to think about the history of Arda (not just Middle Earth mind you, but Valinor as well!).
I don't have much hope that I'll find someone in my current job that can relate to or even share my passion for all the things that match the tags for this blog. I doubt anyone would even understand why I spend any time at all writing a blog about gaming and nerd stuff. Still, I think there is hope for the future. The professional me of today who loves nerdy stuff is (God-willing!) the me of the future who is a supervisor for my employer who still loves nerdy stuff.
In the meantime, I'm probably going to be musing in the near future about what we can do to help others embrace their nerdy tendencies and mutate them into full-on geek obsessions. It is a good time to be a nerd, but we haven't reached our pinnacle, and it can only get better from here on out. When the Avengers and Game of Thrones are two of the hottest media properties out there, there's always hope for the future.