Title: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
Author: Felicia Day
Release Date: August 11th 2015
Serendipitously Meeting Felicia Day Online and at the Bookstore
I know about Felicia Day from the Internet. I was watching some episodes of TableTop on YouTube, when I clicked on a link to Geek & Sundry, then a link to Felicia Day, then a link to The Guild. I watched the very first episode of The Guild, and it was amazing.
My inability to focus on one interesting thing at a time, led to my only watching that one episode so far. But I never forgot how amazing Felicia Day was, and I wanted to read her book very badly.
I did a double take (even a triple take) when I saw a hardback of Felicia Day’s memoir displayed in Fully Booked, Ayala Center Cebu. I actually stared at the book for a couple of seconds focusing and refocusing my eyes until I couldn’t deny it any longer: Holy. Crap. It’s Felicia Day’s memoir!
Very sure the middle-aged man browsing the display of memoirs would grab the only copy of Felicia’s book, I broke out of my trance and ran towards the book display. I gave him a slight nudge, rushed a “Sorry! Excuse me!” I grabbed the book then ran away. Poor guy probably thought I was crazy.
Why Felicia Day’s Story Inspires Me
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is such an inspiring read. It’s also filled with so much quotable quotes, I had difficulty choosing which of them to include in this book review.
Felicia Day’s memoir makes me feel good to be myself: a quirky, weird, and introverted geek. Moreover, she was 28-year-old—the same age I am now—when she went through one of the biggest life-changing moments in her life.
Once you tell people exactly what you will and won’t do, it’s amazing how they’ll adjust. Or they won’t. And then an opportunity or relationship goes away. And that’s okay. – Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
I spent most of my childhood as a misfit. I had few friends, and didn’t fit in with what was normal among my peers. I was still an outcast when I entered the workforce. I tried my best to fit in, but the more I tried the more I failed.
That was depressing for me. My love for reading, playing video games, binge-watching TV series and movies, and liking geeky things were weird to my family and most of my friends.
Even my early attempts at trying to enter the world of geeks was awkward for me. Geeky friends were reluctant to welcome me to their Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering gatherings. Though that’s probably just my natural pessimism and hyperthyroidism talking.
Or maybe I’m just not geeky enough?
But the heart of my story is that the world opened up for me once I decided to embrace who I am—unapologetically…My weirdness turned into my greatest strength in life. – Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
Why do I always feel like I have to change myself for others, when I should be happy just being myself? Actually, I often get “advice” from friends, colleagues, bosses, family members, etc. about how I should change and improve myself. They tell me to be a different person—often to be more like them.
I love it when people tell me I’m doing the wrong thing, or that something isn’t possible, or just straight dismiss me. That lights my fire in a perverse way, like a two-year old who deliberately touches the hot stove after you tell them not to. – Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
On the flip side. Things are much better now.
I have more friends who I get along with, many of them who like me for who I am. I’ve also recently joined a game night hosted by the Cebu Board Gaming Society, and had a blast! I’m starting to redecorate my bedroom and fill it with things I really like. More on this soon. I’m also buying more board games, card games, and such.
You’re never weird when you’re surrounded by people who are weird like you. – Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
Reading about all the challenges and struggles Felicia Day went through to achieve success at doing what she loves really touched me. Here is someone I can relate to: someone who also often feels alone and misunderstood. Someone who is brave enough to stand her ground and remain the quirky, amazing person she is.
I aspire to be true to who I am in the same way she remains true to herself.