Saying goodbye is never an easy thing. I think giving a presentation in college would be easier than saying goodbye. Still, it is a part of life. Geekadelphia has been a part of my life for over a year and as you may know, the site is going on a long hiatus. Before I say goodbye to Geekadelphia, I would like to tell you how we said hello.
Over a year ago I was receiving infusion treatments 2-3 times a month for Lupus. I was also diagnosed with PCOS and learned that I was going through menopause. (I’ll be 27 on November 12.) I had felt like I wasn’t living; just existing. One day at treatment, my nurse asked, “What did you want to be when you grew up?” It was an easy answer: a writer. “I’m too sick to be a writer,” I added. I won’t forget what she said to me, “You are in here every week trying to get better. Make it be worth something or one day you’ll just give up.” The next day I sent an email to Geekadelphia asking if they were looking for a volunteer writer and the rest is history.
Each experience that I have gotten with Geekadelphia has been a dream come true. Every article written, every email exchange, every press event was a chance to make my life worth something. A chance to be more than my illnesses. There were times when Lupus made me want to give up writing. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to tell our editor “I can’t do this.” I never did because the nurse’s words would come back.
I want to say thank you to everyone I have ever written about or worked with. Thank you to every PR company/person who has sent me a press release. For every Geek of the Week for letting me interview them. Thank you to every author for letting me review their comic book or book. Thank you to every business/company that invited me to an event and treating me with kindness. Thank you to the wonderful people at Riot Nerd for becoming my friends in a professional setting and out in the real world. Thank you to Historical Hotties podcast for having me on as a guest. (Another dream come true.) Thank you to every member of Geekadelphia for becoming like an extended family. Thank you to you readers for reading my posts, for liking them, for retweets, and trusting in me.
Most importantly thank you to Geekadelphia’s Mikey Ilagan. You gave me a chance and you believed in me. Just like the nurse, you gave me a reason to make myself and my life worth something. A chance to be a writer and a geek at the same time. I will forever be grateful to you.
So before I say goodbye. Let me leave you readers with this: Don’t be afraid to take a chance on your dreams. Every day is a chance to make your life worth something; to be better. Whenever you feel you want to give up; don’t. No dream is too big to become a reality. There is someone out there who will support your dream. Your own nurse or Mikey sort of speak. You can do it and I believe in you.
With that, I say goodbye to this chapter in my life and I look forward to saying hello to the next.