So we’re at the end of another month and I feel like a broken record because I just keep talking about how incredibly fast this year keeps going. I can’t keep up and I’m desperately trying to hold on for dear life but it’s hard to do it alone.
Thankfully, now that I’m fully embracing my inner fangirl, I’ve been using my fandoms to help get me through. And so for my monthly roundup this April, I’ll be sharing three ways that fandom helped me this month.
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KEEP ME GROUNDED
Go into my mind and you’ll find a desolate battlefield. I’m talking about World War II style with fire and smoke everywhere. Airplanes flying overhead and sirens going off nonstop. Yep. Not a pretty picture right?
Fandoms act as the soft voice in the distance bringing me out of the devastation. It acts as the hand that helps pull me out of my own head and remind me of what’s around me. Hopping onto Twitter and seeing a cute dorky video from one of my favorite stars or reading about the struggles of someone in the fandom reminds me that what’s happening in my mind isn’t real.
It isn’t real.
What's real is this laptop. It's the coffee by my side. It's my friends. And it's the traffic, that no matter how much I hate it, I can't help but love because it reminds me that I'm alive. Click To Tweet
And I’m here. I’m not in my head. Sure, fandom doesn’t wipe away my unemployment or my mental illness. But it does help remind me that I’m not wandering around in a post-apocalyptic type world alone. I’m here. And as long as I’m here, I can keep fighting.
GIVE ME HOPE
Even though the characters in TV shows are fictitious, their struggles aren’t. So seeing them battle and fight against things that I myself have been battling against for years gives me hope. It shows me that I’m not the only one fighting and I’m not any weaker because my struggles may be “first world problems”. They’re still very much real and are beatable.
Fandom helped me this month by reminding me that there are
people strangers who genuinely care about you. You’d be surprised how impactful a simple “#akf” or “you can do this” can be for one’s psyche.
REMIND ME THAT IT’S OK TO BE IMPERFECT
Human beings aren’t perfect. But we want to be.
Watching my favorite characters make mistakes and screw up big time really helps. I know that sounds so bad, because why should I take joy in other people’s screw-ups and mistakes? Because it reminds me that even the best people aren’t perfect. Despite being brave and caring and loving, these characters also hurt the ones they love. They also fight with themselves. They also lie, cheat, steal, even kill. They’re not perfect and they’re fictitious characters. They can be perfect. But they’re not, because it’s not realistic.
Life’s hard. And even against better judgment, you can feel very alone in your struggles. Despite what anyone else says, if you find yourself leaning on your fandoms to help get you through, that’s OK!! You can’t do it on your own. And you shouldn’t have to!
That’s why I think “Family Don’t End With Blood” is the best book ever written!! I’m not even being dramatic. It shows the power of fandom and it’s not an expensive purchase at all. Under $20. So worth the money in my opinion. Always keep fighting because I believe in you!! Fandom helped me this month. Let it help you.
Don’t question my love for all things Supernatural and Simple Plan!! I’m proud to be a fangirl. I hope to inspire discovery and passion through these fandoms and to showcase the magical power that comes with being a fangirl.