So I spent yesterday with my sons Seamus and Aidan at Gen Con, the national gaming convention/show/extravaganza. Billed as “The Best Four Days in Gaming,” this event is nerd Valhalla. And I mean that in the nicest way because it’s a place for people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests to commune with others who share similar passions.
Are you a fan of art? It’s got you covered. My older son Seamus came home with three pieces of original artwork. For us authors, an entire writing symposium is included, along with book signings. And, of course, the games–board games galore with a smattering of video games, to boot. There’s everything for the fashionista from clothing to jewelry.
I could go on and on, but the overriding vibe I leave this convention with is that its tens of thousands of people coming together to celebrate being themselves. As a guy who writes romance (a little outside the norm!) as well as a father, that’s such an important lesson. We should be proud of that which makes us unique. Conformity’s boring. Besides, where else are you going to find The Joker laughing with a Storm Trooper while Finn from Adventure Time shares a high-five with Doctor Who?
So what makes you unique? Whatever it is, celebrate it. And until next time, live long and prosper!