Feb. 16th, 2013

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February 16, 1998.

Fifteen years and half my life ago, I turned on the TV and saw Patrick Stewart staring back at me, his face covered in shiny metal bits,  declaring in his deep voice that "Resistance is futile....Number One."

My jaw dropped, my eyes riveted to the screen, and my life was never the same again.

It sounds like an exaggeration, the overly dramatic pronouncement of a self-involved teenager, but it is 100% true: In that moment, I fell in love with Star Trek, and my life changed.

There are the lessons of the TV shows themselves; respect everyone, don't interfere in others' affairs, Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, exploration is worth it, strive to be your best, you true friends will stick with you, to be human means to make mistakes, Live Long and Prosper. The power of creativity, the power of a dream. A vision of the future. Powerful lessons that have stuck with me and helped me live a more fulfilling life.

But perhaps even more importantly, Star Trek led me to a community. Along with a newfangled thing called the Internet, Star Trek helped me reach out, connect with other loners, misfits, geeks, nerds, the ones who didn't belong anywhere else. And together, we created a family.

Star Trek has led me to some of the best friends I've ever had. Almost every one of my close friends I've met directly or indirectly through Star Trek. I've been present at weddings, met babies, flown across the world, all because of a shared love of Star Trek. Even the non-obvious connections, even my friends who aren't necessarily Trekkies. Even my husband. (Through looking up Star Trek fansites, I found Sev Trek, which led me to Newshounds, which led to my future husband.)

I found Captain Picard and B'Elanna and Paris and Data and everyone else at a very low time in my life, when I was retreating further and further into myself. The friends I met through Star Trek carried me through that time, gave me courage and a reason to keep going. Star Trek has literally saved my life, and for that I will forever be grateful.

These days I'm not as obsessed as I used to be; I rarely re-watch episodes, don't participate in the forums or chats anymore, and don't go wild over every new piece of information released. But whenever anyone asks what my favorite TV show is,  there is not a moment's hesitation. I will always and forever be a Trekkie, and damn proud of it.

That moment fifteen years ago, my life changed for the better.

Thank you, my friends.

Thank you, Captain Picard.

Thank you, Gene Roddenberry.


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