I’m yet fascinated
by the way “jocks”
for their interests in
books, video games, cosplay,
anime, or the thousand other obscure
storylines we adore.
I’m just as amused when “nerds”
shame “jocks” for their
shallow fixation on meat-headed sports.
It seems I live many lives
with my fantasy football team
and my Wizards Unite augmented reality Harry Potter mobile game
and my many DraftKings entries
and my Pokemon GO collection.
As I sit cozily in my Zelda Christmas sweater
selecting my Sunday Night Football lineup,
I feel like a strange conglomeration of humans.
(It already feels as too much to be just one human, doesn’t it?)
But then I think, yet again, how unexpectedly similar these worlds are,
the domain of the nerd and the territory of the jock.
In both experiences
we entertain an affinity for players or characters,
build an entire space with specialized rules and abilities,
watch with intense anticipation in our uniforms or costumes,
pump fists as our team or character performs to their potential,
read news, share updates with companions, and learn more
about our favored sport or video game.
So, I, an amorphous assemblage of human interests,
will fist pump as my wide receiver makes a 30-yard touchdown catch
and as my Ultra Ball finally captures an evasive Pokemon,
just the same.
What collections of interests do you enjoy that are seemingly at odds or mutually exclusive?