One of my favourite childhood programs was definitely”The Muppet Show”. I looked forward to Sunday evenings at 6.30pm to the evergreen but witty Kermit the frog, audacious Miss Piggy, Fozi Bear and the rest of the gang (The show tune is already ringing in my head).
Like a typical 7 year old, I was elated when my dad got my sisters and I, a VHS recording of The Muppet Sing Along Songs. I thought Kermit’s rendition of “Its not easy being green” was rather dull and I preferred “Kokomo” and “Over the rainbow”. As I got much older, I took time to the listen to the lyrics and not the tune.
Fast forward to a few days ago, I decided to replace “green “with “geek”
Its not easy being a geek
Having to spend each day
Burrowing in a book
When I think it might be nicer being a jock, popular
Or something much more colourful like that…
I think I should put my non-existent song writing skills to rest….But I hope that you get the picture… Most movies portray geeks as underdogs at the beginning but once they gain confidence in who they are and their geeky abilities, they get to save the day. After watching tons of such TV shows (Does anyone remember Steve Urkel of Family Matters ?) and movies, with most recent being “Akeelah and the Bee”, I have found comfort in knowing that there is nothing wrong with having an avarice for knowledge: spending hours and hours on end reading, writing, googling or working on a project that sounds like supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
FYI! Geeks rule the world: Bill Gates, the late Steve Jobs, Condi Rice, and the late Prof George Saitoti….need I go on?
I think all of us have an inner geek but we suppress it because we do not want to seem like a know-it –all. I have to admit that it feels great to be the go-to person when a friend or colleague needs help with an assignment. Please do not get me wrong, being a Mr. or Ms know-it-all does not mean that you have to act high and mighty. It means that you are in a position of power; a position that should be used to empower others. I think that is why I admire teachers, lecturers and researchers. They are constantly seeking truth and knowledge ( or in the words of Cal Newport ” Deep Work” ) in whatever field they are in so that empower their students and create a better society.
I have not put a caveat: please note that I do not mean that one has to be a geek solely in astrophysics. (Bless your heart, if you are one!) I admire all the geeks in the fashion industry who can spend hours on end, painstakingly embellishing couture garments. I recently discovered that Giorgio Armani wanted to become a medical doctor… No wonder, his label is all about the fine details…absolute genius. My main point is that you have to focus on what tickles your fancy and become an authority in that area. There is nothing wrong with being a know-it-all…
When a geek is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why
But why wonder?
I am geek
It will do just fine
And I think its what I want to be…