Balancing A Geeky Life


The diagram above is interesting and kind of cute, but I have a question for everyone. Is anyone else 2 or more of these geeks at the same time? — Thought so.Β  πŸ˜‰

I hope I’m not the only geek that feels as if I’m being tugged in several different directions when it comes to hobbies, interests, and life in general. I think as geeks we feel strongly about multiple things in life. Sure, some of us have one thing we are intensely passionate about, but geeks are most certainly multifaceted. This makes something as simple as choosing what to do on our day off a tad frustrating.

I.E.: “Should I read my new book or play that video game? Paint or go outside for a walk? Go shopping, or sketch?” – Britney’s Inner Dialogue

Why am I thinking about how to balance my life? Well, my boyfriend made a statement a couple of days ago that has my wheels turning.

He said, “It’s hard — I have to keep up with your geeky side and your girly side.”

I laughed when he said that. It’s most definitely true. The unfortunate thing for him is that those are only two sides of my multifaceted geek personality. It would be insane to try to stereotype me into any one category. In fact, it’d look something like this:

City born, country raised, video game playing, book reading, nature loving, pet addicted, painting, drawing, dancing, social drinking, culture fascinated, card game playing, make up and dress wearing, shopping fanatic, sports watching.. And ok, I give up.

Question is, how in the world does one balance the facets of their geeky personality?

To this day I am trying to figure this one out. Most of the time I end up looking like one of those people that can never stick with one hobby or see one thing through. That’s not the case at all. So far, my interests have been on a constantly revolving wheel. I spin it, pick something, go with it for a while, then spin the wheel again. It’s not as though I will never come back to it or that I’ve lost interest.

Theory #1 – The Revolving Wheel

Like I’ve said, spin the wheel to an interest, take it up, engage it, put it back, and spin again.

This is all I’ve got, folks. I’ve toyed with some other ideas.. like scheduling set times to do certain things on certain days during the week. I suppose if one was more structured that may work out.

I really want to know what everyone has to say about this. This is less of a stated piece and more or a, “Tell me what you think!” Please? Lol.


On a girlier note, I dyed my hair. Due to Autumn rolling around, I went redder which tends to suit my paler skin and green eyes. Can anyone say Scottish? It does run in my blood, peoples. Hope y’all like it!




7 thoughts on “Balancing A Geeky Life

  1. Balancing geeky interests is no easy feat. Like you and I guessing most geeky people out there, I am simultaneously several of the geeks described on that flow chart. It’s frustrating in that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to keep up with all my geeky interests. My approach thus far has been to mainly focus on my strongest interest (video games) and to return to my lesser interests whenever I have unexpected extra time. It’s kind of working, I can still game and am making slow but steady progress through a Star Wars book I bought a year ago. However, I can’t help but think I should be getting outside more often and now that Fall TV is coming I’m not sure how the schedule is going to jive with it since there’s no way I’m missing out on Grimm! *sigh* Ah, the troubles and struggles of being a geek…

    • Troubles and struggles, indeed! Balancing all of your interests as a geek has to be one of the most difficult things, haha. My boyfriend had a question for me after I read him your reply. He asked me what my strongest interest was. The truth is, no one interest overpowers the others. They are even for me, and so that makes it a tad more frustrating, but I try to alternate things as I go. You just have to find what works for you, I suppose. Life sure is tough for us geeksies. πŸ˜‰

      – Britney

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  3. Your point about being multiple types of geek is very true. I’m a history nerd, a law nerd, a video game nerd and sort of an “otaku” freak. It’s a bit hard, because I can’t really get into those last two with people in the “real”, non-internet part of my life. Especially the last one. No better way to say “I’m not well-adjusted and grew up without too many friends” than airing that kind of laundry.

    • I can definitely relate. There are just certain interests that don’t have good reputations, like video gaming and being an otaku. I am both. And even though I own clothing and accessories that give that away, I’m still careful about who I openly admit it to in every day life. I think I like to dip a toe in the water, so to speak, to see peoples’ reactions to those subjects. Other times, I let my geeky clothing and accessories do the toe dipping for me. πŸ™‚

      Thank you for the comment!

  4. I agree–much of life is a balancing act and nowadays with the evolution of the internet and niche forms of entertainment that are more appealing to us personally, it becomes more of a challenge to decide exactly what you’re going to invest your time in. I like your spinning-the-wheel metaphor. That’s exactly what it’s like on a Saturday night when I’m laughing with friends (mostly “geek” guys because they share more interests with me as well as the same sense of humor) and someone makes an obscure reference (which happens waaaaaay too much but make for hilarious inside jokes) to some movie or cartoon or TV show or comic and we’re all like, “Whatever happened to…[insert writer or media franchise here].” Then a few minutes later we’re watching whatever-it-is, picking up on where we left off sometimes years ago. So I spin wheels that way with my friends…but then I wake up the next day, remember I’m a girl, put on make-up, and go to work. Sorry for this rambling response, but in a nutshell–I totally get it. πŸ™‚

    • Haha, I can definitely see that! I do that a lot; think back to when I enjoyed this one thing or that and then I’m off trying to find it. No harm in that at all. πŸ˜€ And I’m glad that you get it! It’s great when we can reach others with the same dilemmas as us. Keeps me thinking that I am sane after all. πŸ˜‰

      Lately, my itch for geekiness has been relieved by sharing things with my boyfriend. A few months ago we finished all the Harry Potter movies, and now we’ve started LOTR! I don’t think he quite knew what he was getting himself into, but he’s a trooper. ❀ Haha.

      Thanks for commenting!
      – Britney

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