Not too long ago, I rediscovered an image that I had saved years ago. Obviously, at the time, it hit me enough that I saved it but I did not do anything with it. I guess I was not sure what to do with it until now. How many of you have seen this:
When I rediscovered it, I’m sure my reaction was exactly like it had been when I first saw it. I laughed I found it funny. After all, I suspect that I might fit that description. My evidence? I have been involved in this website for almost a decade now. That should be enough proof. If you want more, I confess that there have been times when it has been all Duran, all the time, especially when preparing and being on tour. So, I laughed. It is important to be able to laugh at myself, right? Healthy even? I hope so!
But, what if this type of thing was directed at me by someone else? Would I find it equally funny? Well, I would if it was Rhonda. Absolutely. For sure. After all, she has been on this journey with me, to a large extent. What about another Duranie? Is that Duranie my friend? Then, I would still laugh. A non-friend? Nope. I think I would still be okay with a fan in another fandom. But I would draw the line at non-fans. They don’t get it. Yes, I’m a little sensitive but the stigma that fans receive is real. What about the rest of you? Would you laugh? Cry? Get angry? Something else?
On a slightly different but related topic, do you even relate to the image? Do you feel like fandom has consumed your soul at times? Maybe it is just me. If so, maybe, don’t tell me. I’d like to think I’m not the only weirdo in the bunch. What about those of you who are in multiple fandoms? Do you find that some consume your soul more than others? If so, why is one(s) so much more intense than others? Oh…fandom. You never cease to make me think.