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Day 7 – What fandom do you love that you didn’t think you would?
Well all have that one fandom that we were absolutely positive we’d hate when a friend introduced us to it. For me, that fandom was Doctor Who. I really enjoy telling this story about how I feel in love with the British TV show, because not only was I able to rise out of terrible and abusive situation and move on, but also because it’s an amazing origin story about how I fell in love with one of my all time favorite fandoms.
After just (literally just) getting out of an abusive relationship, I found myself lost and feeling like I didn’t have a purpose. I had called my parents and best friend the weekend before and finally told them about everything that was happening. They all got in their vehicles and had me moved out and back into my parents’ home in one day. I had been living with my parents again for about week and was feeling super low about myself and situation.
I felt like a failure on so many levels. My 5 year abusive relationship had come to an end after I finally put my foot down after an extremely explosive fight that shook me awake to my situation. Despite how toxic it was, it still hurt to end it. I had lost so many friends during that time, too. I had to call my mom and ask her for her help because I didn’t know what to do, just that I had to get out of there. I had to move back in with my parents and commute to my job again on top of it all.
Things were pretty bad. My mental health was in the worst state that it had ever been in. It was during these tough times that Alec pushed me to finally watch Doctor Who. I was vehemently against watching it for some really stupid reasons. 1) I’m not that big of a Sci-Fi fan, which is a LIE. 2) It’s too popular, but when has that stopped me before? 3) It looked silly, and it sounded silly! But what did I have to lose? I needed a distraction and one episode wouldn’t hurt…
One episode was enough to keep me coming back. Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper captured my heart. The distraction from my personal life was welcomed and healed my broken heart in a way that only fandom can. That is until the first season ended, when I realized that the Doctor regenerates. Through my tears (and snotty nose), I told Alec I would never watch Doctor Who again! They took away Eccleston, and I didn’t want to get to know this new Doctor.
Alec gently prodded me back to Doctor Who after two weeks of “mourning” my first Doctor. He told me he thought I would really like the new Doctor, Tenant. I was hesitant but watched the episode anyway, and a Whovian was born! Alec was right; I LOVE David Tenant. I still missed Eccleston, but Tenant’s era really pushed me out of the darkness that my life had become.
I was getting out of bed. I was finding motivation to workout. I was eating better. I was happy to get out of the house. I rewarded myself with episodes of Doctor Who and enjoyed pinning things about the show on Pinterest. Alec and I watched tons of episodes together (that eventually became a part of our Skype date night activities once we were dating). I even had a Doctor Who college graduation party! Alec and I were also super close to having a Doctor Who themed wedding but ultimately decided to do something a little more classic and “us” instead.
Doctor Who was truly an important part of a dark time in my life despite not wanting to give it a chance initially. To think that I put up such a fight about watching it is laughable now. After all, I love Sci-Fi, and I’ve never cared about jumping on the bandwagon before. I might have been worried about how cheesy the show was, but that honestly only added to its charm. It lifted my spirits during an emotionally trying time, and continues to bring me immense joy today. I’m thankful for the hard times I endured and am looking forward to all the brighter times I have ahead. There’s only one real way to end this post and that’s with…
What fandom do you love that you didn’t think you would? Let me know in the comments below OR take on the challenge yourself and link back to this post so I can see your answer!
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