Saturday, March 10, 2018

Get Your Geek On!

For the last six weeks or so, I've been missing in action here at Eyes on Life due to an intense search for a new fulltime job, among other pressing projects. When I began this blog in January 2012 (6 years old!), I'd envisioned a running commentary on current events and other things that interested me out there in the Zeitgeist. At some point, I modified that mission by adding Successful Patient posts that deal with healthcare topics. Going forward from today, I plan to return to and continue the running commentary on current events as well as contributions to the We are the World Blogfest (#WATWB), and more Successful Patient posts on healthcare topics. Today, though, I want to just have fun!

People, not only girls, like to have fun. Like other people, I gravitate to activities and subjects that interest me the most. What do I love? I mean, really, really love? In other words, what turns on my Geek?

What a minute!  Geek?  Isn't that a derogatory term? Not really. Although to people who aren't familiar with it, perhaps. Geeks are people who pursue one or more passions in their lives with almost obsessive attention. They really loooooove what they love! I think most people have a geek inside just waiting to come out to play.

I'm a geek and proud of it. In fact, I'm a geek at least three times over because I love with obsessional passion at least three things in my life. For example:

Writing and Reading

To me, these two go hand-in-hand. Learning to read as a child opened the door to telling stories that opened the door to writing stories for others. As an adult, I've found that I'm happiest when I'm writing whether that's fiction or nonfiction -- although fiction tends to give me a high that nonfiction doesn't. When I'm not at my desk writing, I'm thinking about writing, or my imagination is working behind the scenes so that she's ready when I finally do make it to my desk.

I love to read. I've been a voracious reader since elementary school, and my interests have ranged over every genre. My favorites are psychological thriller, espionage thriller, science fiction, and mystery. If a novel can blend all those, I'm in heaven. But I continue to read lots of different books and genres, including nonfiction like history, biography, and memoir. Doing research for a story I'm writing broadens my reading range too. I love books. I love to buy books. I mean, I really love books. As my income has decreased, though, I've had to stop buying books which really hurts. And I've needed to clean out my substantial library and sell books. This is painful. But now I really, really love going to the library! Sometimes I feel a little crazy thinking about all the books in the world and that I can never actually own and read all of them. Favorite authors? John le Carre, P. D. James, Patricia Highsmith, Daniel Silva, Arthur C. Clarke, Connie Willis, and maybe tomorrow I'd add even more.

Classical Music

Music, but especially classical music. I really, really love it, and if given the chance, I love to tell others about it and why I love it. My imagination feeds off it. Classical music soothes my body, mind, and soul. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it makes me feel fully human. I've performed classical music (on French horn, on piano, and singing), and I've studied it (my Bachelors degree is in music). I've written about my personal experiences with it as well as set stories in the classical music world. I love reading novels set in that world, and reading biographies of musicians -- performers, conductors, composers. I've even written advertising copy about music performances and worked for a symphony orchestra, and written about music at this blog. And above all, I listen to it nearly all the time -- in live concerts, on the radio and YouTube, or from my collection of CDs -- music from all periods including the newest of the new.

But classical music isn't the only type of music I love. I love movie soundtracks (really, they're classical music), classic rock and roll, big band swing. I'll listen to anything once. Recently, while doing housework, I got out my Janis Joplin, Chicago, and Bee Gees to entertain me while doing something I detest doing. And I'm just getting into Bruno Mars' music. I'm open to suggestions!  What's your favorite music?


Yes, I'm a medical geek and have been since my childhood watching medical dramas on TV. My mother had an enduring interest in medicine -- she'd worked as a nurses' assistant at one time and volunteered at our local hospital -- and urged her children to consider medicine as a profession. For a while, I wanted to be a nurse, but then discovered how much math and science was involved while working in college as a nurse assistant in nursing homes.

The human body is amazing, fascinating, and full of surprises. Each is unique. Health and wellness is a concern for me, and I've had a great deal of experience dealing with all sorts of medical professionals, pharmacists and medications, and medical insurance, and I'm participating in medical research. I've written about some of my experiences here under the Successful Patient tag. I love reading about medical subjects, watching medical shows on TV, and sharing my own knowledge with friends and my blog readers.

What's the difference between a Geek and a Nerd?

I think of Nerds as extreme Geeks. Both are highly intelligent people with the ability to concentrate for long periods. Nerds tend to be shyer than Geeks, not have as developed social skills as Geeks, and immerse themselves in their obsessions much more than Geeks. Neither is bad or good. They just are. If you're interested in something they're interested in, Nerds can be a wonderful resource for learning as well as Geeks. Nerds have gotten a bad rap, I think, because of the stereotype of them not caring about grooming or personal hygiene, eating a lot of junk food, and being narrowly focused on only one thing to the exclusion of everything else. 

What interest(s) are you passionate about?  What gets your Geek on?

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