Let me tell you about why I built this site. It wasn’t to make sci-fi pop culture references.
Well…not just to make sci-fi pop culture references. There’s also the Lord of the Rings to think about.
Hm. I’ll start again:
My name is Angie and I am, as you may have guessed, a confirmed geek.
I’ve also suffered for years from depression and anxiety — which, those of you who also suffer from these two diseases know, tend to feed off each other. Add some stress into the mix, and you’ve got a world-class mess in the making.
A few years ago, I lost my job…along with the decent health insurance it provided. That meant no more meds for me. It also meant I needed to find a way to keep my stress levels low, or that mess I mentioned in the previous paragraph was going to grow into Something Serious.
So I started looking into stress relief. I found out a few things along the way:
- I despise Yoga. I know, I know…it’s supposed to be soothing, and good for the body, and yadda yadda. I’d rather watch paint dry. Or, worse, the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Back to back.
- Many stress relief tips out there are common sense. Just as many are…well, not so much.
- The most important thing you can do to lower your stress level is to find something you love, something that makes you all excited when you think about it…something that you can geek out about. And then, make time to enjoy it.
For me, that something turned into a couple of somethings. First was rediscovering my love of music (for more of that story, check out my other blog, Adventures of a Grown-Up Band Geek). Second was rekindling my love of geeky entertainment.
Star Wars. Star Trek. Doctor Who. Monty Python (which, I understand, is not necessarily geeky…until you understand that I have autobiographies and I’m not afraid to quote them).
One more thing I discovered: Geeks of all stripes tend to be really, really enthusiastic about their geeky endeavors. And if you’re really, really enthusiastic about something, it’s difficult to stay stressed out while you’re doing that something.
And that’s why I started TranquiliGeek. This is a place where we can all geek out together, get really, really enthusiastic about things we love…and lower our risk for stress-related illness in the process.
So have another Jelly Baby. Pour another cup of Earl Grey (or, all right, fine, the beverage of your choice).