I Want to Believe

X-Files book
I got this book as a birthday present circa 1996.

Something revolutionary happened this month.

My all-time favorite show as a teen returned to television. And the new X-Files is amazing, if you ask me. I heart Mulder and Scully today as much as I did 20 years ago.

Before this new season began, I had fun catching up with the last few seasons and the second movie. I enjoyed the anticipation leading up to the premiere.

And I have absolutely loved the camaraderie of tweeting about the show with other X-Files fanatics. This is what has been the true revolution for me: the realization that there are so many fans out there – that they were there, like me, back in the 1990s.

Yes, this show about us as humans not being alone has now helped me realize I was not alone. Growing up in a small Midwestern town in the 1990s, I had no social media to connect me with like-minded X-Philes following the adventures of FBI’s finest agents. Now, a part of me wishes I could tell my teenage self that she wasn’t alone in her interests.

X-Files drawing
And here is the fan art I drew as a teen. 🙂

I would also tell her: Love what you love. Watch the TV shows you want to watch. Read the books you want to read. Be who you are.

I’ll have to be content with living that truth now, and I’ll add one more: Write what you want to write. Stories from the heart are what speak to people and help inspire them to be who they are.

That truth has always been out there. And I want to believe it.

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