Sunday, February 10, 2013
This week there is a part of the challenge where twice you have to blog about ten things you like about yourself. Now, I don't know if it is meant to be five things per blog, or a full ten both times. I am going to err on the side of caution and assume it is ten each. Which is a bit difficult, but I will manage.
OK, so ten things I like about myself. Hmm...
1) I am logical. There is one thing I cannot stand, and that is a lack of logic. It is what led me to atheism, what makes me so critical in my daily life, and what drives my desire for knowledge. I have heard many things accuse logic of being the enemy. Words cannot express what sadness and terror fills me when someone says that.
2) I am self made. At the age of 16, I dropped out of high school and married my then boyfriend. Nine years later and we are still married, I have a career I built entirely from my own merits, and life is falling into place quite nicely. This has taken a remarkable amount of work, which I am proud to have put in.
3) I am chill. No, really, I am one chill mofo. I don't like drama or stress, and I try my best to keep it out of my life. Sure, there are tense times. But I have seen how life has a way of working out, and that you will always be able to put in the work to straighten out any conflict. This ends up applying to a lot of things in my life. For example, when I have a task to perform I don't let it stress me out, even when things go wrong.
4) I am creative. Despite my logical and often unemotional personality, I have a creative side. I appreciate and take part in the arts, and I love everything having to do with the emotion expelled by others. I can even access that part of myself, even if I seem like a robot face to face.
5) I am assertive. If I have a problem, I head butt it in the face. Metaphorically speaking, of course. While I have the ability for tact, I rarely employ it in the face of idiocy.
6) I have my own moral code. I don't follow by the standards that are conforming, unless I agree with them. This moral code has led me through murky waters in the past, such as my straight forward view on sex, crime and daily interaction with others. It has also helped when raising my kids to think for themselves, and lead by empathy, not conformity.
7) I connect with others. I have the ability to get along with anyone, despite disagreements. There are people in my life I have cut out, but it hasn't been due to a conflict of personality. I am grateful for my ability to adapt, despite my inner awkwardness.
8) I am a real geek. I don't know what the hell happened, but for the last five years or so it has become increasingly fashionable to be a "geek". Media probably has a lot to do with that, as they have been making what used to be a ostracizing community of fandom into something more accessible. For example, Star Trek has become sleek, comic books have become sexy, video games have become mainstream. I am happy to be a genuine, run of the mill geek from the old school tradition. Because it is about not giving a shi* what others think, but instead being unashamedly obsessive about whatever you want to be. I will gush over science fiction, fantasy, tech and gadgets, video games and comic books until my face turns blue, and I never needed a movement to tell me it was OK.
9) I have a great a**. Just saying.
10) I was able to write this list without feeling any embarrassment, which means I am growing.