I was talking to my grandfather-in-law on my lunch break today and after we had chatted for a little while, he started asking me questions about all the toys my husband and I buy.
He is from the school of thought that believes one of two things: either 1. Toys are a complete waste of money, or 2. Toys are only of value if you keep them mint in box and hold on to them for $50 years. And if you have to wait that long for them to be of value, that means they are a waste of money.
I don’t agree with either thought.
I love my grandfather-in-law dearly but I think he’s wrong about this one. What makes “toys” valuable isn’t their resale value. It isn’t whether or not I play with them. Whether or not I keep them in the box.
No. What makes them valuable is how they make me feel.
Some inspire awe. Others spark my creativity. Others make me swoon with joy. Or go crazy just because of how freaking cute they are.
(File these under figures I want.)
There are even some I know we can never own because they scare the be-jesus out of me. (See action figure below.)
And even if a figure doesn’t make me feel anything, so what? Am I not allowed spend my money as I want? I work hard and deserve to enjoy what I make – at least every once in a while.
This is a hobby that not everyone can understand. But that doesn’t make it wrong.
And despite what many people think, being a geek doesn’t lead to isolation. No, instead, it can lead you to become a part of a community – become part of something bigger than yourself.
Geekdom comes in all shapes and sizes. In all income brackets and age groups. All genders, ethnicities, and beliefs.
When it comes to geeking out, all that matters is that you enjoy it.
And this is something I definitely enjoy.
How about you? What are your thoughts? Do you spend money on toys, figures, games, plush, anime, transformers, etc.? Or do you think you should leave all that behind and “grow up”?