Well geeks, 2016 is almost at an end. It has been a rough one for sure. Many would argue that this has been one of the worst years in recent memory, especially for geeks. So many greats have passed this year, including the recent passing of beloved actress Carrie Fisher. Her death has affected many of us here at Don’t Hate the Geek, as well as millions of geeks around the world. But even in the darkness of death, there is always a beacon of light, forever giving us hope. After reading how Carrie Fisher impacted so many, I couldn’t help but to do some reflecting of my own.
Many will stone me for this, but I was not a huge Star Wars fan growing up. I did not become a fan until I was much older and better understood the stories. However, for many people, Star Wars became a cultural brand. Its stars became icons in the film industry. And Carrie Fisher became the crush of many a young and teenage boy. But she was a strong female who could go toe-to-toe with the boys. She spoke her mind and didn’t care what anyone thought. She battled through addiction and came out the other side stronger than ever. Her influence is seen in almost any geek that you speak with. And it is that influence that made me sit down and reflect on one important thing, my influence.
My purpose here isn’t to look back on the life of Carrie Fisher, even though I am doing that in a way. Instead, my purpose is a call to arms for all of you geeks out there. We are the future of this great planet. And it is important to have role models like Carrie Fisher to look up to. Not only that, it is important to BE role models like Carrie Fisher. People who are in the public eye, be it actors, singers, or even writers, will always have influence over those who follow them. Some can be good, others can be bad. Even as a writer, I feel a sense of responsibility to those who read what I write. It is my responsibility to report the news fairly and accurately. It is my responsibility to provide topics of conversation that will engage and bring people together, not tear them apart. I can only hope that I influence a third of the people that she did. And I hope that I can be a positive influence the same way she was.
Bruce Lee once said “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering”. Carrie Fisher did exactly that. She showed us all how to be the positive we want to see in this world. I call on all of you geeks to keep that in mind as well. Go out and be a positive influence. We can change the world. It is ours to shape. And we have General Organa’s influence to help lead the way.
Thank you Carrie. May the Force be with you, always.
[Editor’s Note: we have had a rough time to go but this is the hardest death to hit me in a long time because of the positivity she brought to the world. Much like Robin Williams. Know that even though the world may be big and scary, the geek world will always love you. – Logan]