Hello again! Its been a while. I haven’t much time or inspiration to blog, but I had an idea pop up today!
Today, while dropping off my preschooler, I was asked by a fellow mommy about the sticker on my back window. Yes, I have an Alliance sticker on my car and I have no shame about it! Well, when I told her what it was for, she gawked at me like that was the dumbest thing she has ever heard.
“You play video games? How do you have time to do that? I could never do that. Would be a waste of my time.”
Right there, in that parking lot, I became a social outcast.
Now I am an introvert. I am quiet and keep to myself most of the time, but I love to help when I can. I volunteer at any events or activities at my daughter’s school, not just to support her school, but to support her. Today I was just trying to drop my child off so I could go help my mother in law in her classroom. Many of the women I have worked with are very friendly and always greet with ‘hellos and smiles’, but I don’t think many of them know my name or remember my face. I’m used to it though. Being the quiet person I am, I often have to reintroduce myself because I don’t always leave an impression. In my head, its scary to put myself out there!
I don’t know why this lady felt compelled to bash something I enjoy, right in front of me. I don’t do that to other people. I don’t judge people based on what they enjoy doing or what kind of music they like. I think its rather silly. Everyone enjoys something different. What you might find is a waste of your time, I find to be worthwhile. This isn’t the first time I have run into situations like this. I used to hide my nerdy side, until I came to terms with the fact that I am who I am and if someone doesn’t like that, then they wouldn’t be worth wasting my time on.
Now that I’ve joined the gaming Twitter community, I haven’t felt I have to hide my interests and hobbies from other mothers and women in general. I grew up playing video games with my brother, but rarely did I tell my friends about my hobby. They really didn’t even know I was into nerdy things like Lord of the Rings and Star Trek. Even in college, I played the Sims on weekends when my roommate wasn’t there. Playing during the week was difficult, as I was a music major and that meant all my time was spent rehearsing, practicing, going to concerts, or doing that dreaded music theory homework. (That makes me a different kind of nerd lol!) It wasn’t until I met my husband (@dkServal on twitter! Follow him!) that I started playing WoW. This online community allowed me to be myself and not hide something I loved to do! It didn’t hurt that my husband is as big of a nerd as I am! 🙂
This fellow preschooler mommy won’t get me down though. I may not have much in common with any of them, but I am hopeful that one day I will meet another gaming mommy that isn’t afraid to let her true colors show. I have on the internet, I hope to find one in real life! I know we could be BFF’s! 🙂
Have any of my fellow blog readers had an issue like this? I’d love to hear about it!
PS: This makes it sound kind of like I don’t have friends, but I do! And they are wonderful! They don’t game, but they do accept me for who I am. ❤