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The Beating Heart of Fandom
Today is T-14 days until my 40th birthday, and the Reconnection Project has empowered me more than I ever thought it would. Today, I start the process of moving beyond me... Let the games begin.
Fandom is an action and a community.
When I say fandom is an action, it is a bunch of actions.
Reading and writing Fan fiction
Creating, sharing, and discussing Fan theories
Listening to, writing, and singing Filk
Sharing, making, and viewing Fan Art
Every fan has their own way of participating in fandom. I used to participate a lot more than I do now. And that changes today.
When I stopped everything in the depths of my depression, I stopped playing in the fandoms I love. I cut myself off from the fan communities I used to not only participate in, but I cut myself off from the people I used to interact with.
Community and fanac (fan activities) go hand in hand, especially now in this age of the internet.
We are defined by our actions
I cannot say that enough to myself or to you.
Ideas in your head stay in your head and if you aren't careful, they will cage you in there.
Life is action. If you want to live a life of compassion, you have to engage in acts of compassion or you are not compassionate. The same is true with everything.
If you want to define yourself by what you love, you have to engage in loving actions.
In fandom, that means, we have to share what we love and promote it. Don't let yourself be passive. Passivity is silence, and silence is nonexistence.
Take your voice back! Take your life back! Share your love with the world.
Some people might think this is a silly or trivial thing, but it isn't.
My love for Yoda says something about me. He represents wisdom, inner strength, and the ability to find humor in any situation. These are all qualities I admire and desire in myself. When I see my Yodas around the house, it works as a symbol which draws up all these connections in my unconscious mind and strengthens those qualities within me.
Some people might think that is taking all this too seriously, but that is how mythology works. It is a subtile effect on us, but it effects us all the same. By choosing to surround myself with these images, seeking them out, and sharing them, I am participating in the mythos. Ever time I quote Yoda, I am participate in the mythos and strengthen those qualities in me.
Don't think that these are some kind of solemn acts. Solemnity isn't required for actions to have effects on our selves. Sometimes they are moments of catharsis, and sometimes they are pure frivolity.
Find at least one thing you love and participate in it. Share a picture, a video, read some fanfic, watch a fanfilm, or at the very least watch or listen to something you love.
Let me know how you are participating in the things you love.