In this week’s topic, let’s talk about Favourite Fandom Items. “Whether it’s something you own or something you are lusting after, what are some of your favourite fandom items / merchandise / memorabilia? Your picks don’t all have to be from the same fandom.”
I’ll start with a long caveat. Please bear with me. 😊
I don’t own many things. I feel more things I own, more they start owning me. I ruthlessly go through my possessions on a regular basis constantly questioning if they add value to my life and if the answer is no, finding a new home for them.
I call myself a minimalist; that word may evoke in others imagines of empty walls and rooms with no furniture – that’s not me at all.
I could describe my approach as a mindful consumerism. I ask myself if I need things before I buy them. And if the answer is no, I ask myself if by owning them, I would gain any value out of them. I don’t just buy things I need though; I also buy things that my artistic self loves and that bring me joy.
I am not judging anyone who has a different approach or preferences to mine.
We are all different; there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way here. Whatever brings you joy is perfectly fine. No comparing or judging at all. Please don’t take any of this as a lecturing post. I have many anxieties and this approach seems to keep them at bay.
With this full disclosure over, let’s dive in to my favourite items:
1) Dr. Brené Brown’s books
I have mentioned Dr. Brené Brown name quite a few times already on my blog.
I don’t own many physical copies of books, with most printed books James and I own being either climbing guides, hiking guides or non-fiction books.
I own physical copies of all Brown’s books. I love re-reading them and use them whenever I need a little pick me up. I love Brown’s work, admire her story telling ability and genuinely want to support her message as much as I can.
This one goes hand in hand with my previous point.
I am ‘lusting’ after The Daring Way™ certification.
It is an empirically based training and certification program based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. I am currently going through Life Coach certification and working toward the day when I’ll be able to certify via The Daring Way™ programme as well. As you can clearly see: I deeply believe in Dr. Brené Brown’s work!. 🙂
3) Lynn Hill and my signed copy of her autobiography Climbing Free
If you haven’t see Valley Uprising on Netflix, I highly recommend it. It’s about history of Yosemite Valley’s climbing scene and how it has evolved through years. You don’t have to be a climber to appreciate the story and all those stunning visuals, at least I hope. 🙂
One of my favourite female climbers featured in that movie is Lynn Hill aka Lynnie. She is an extraordinary climber that defined what was possible by being the first climber ever to free climb in 1993 The Nose, a famous route on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.
And this is what she said about it:
“Trying to free climb The Nose just happened to be the perfect goal for me and I liked the fact this climb was in Yosemite because I remember going there and just seeing the valley and it was just mind blowing how beautiful it was. I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful place anywhere in the world. For me The Nose was much bigger than me, it wasn’t about me, it wasn’t about my ego, my gratification it was actually something that I wanted to do.
I felt like I had a chance and that if I could do that it would be a really big statement to people to think about.
You don’t have to be a man to do something that’s ‘out there’ as a first ascent.
Obviously people tried to do that route and they failed on it and so if a lot of good climbers have come and tried to do it and failed and a woman comes and does it first it’s really meaningful. That was my underlying motivation.”
~Andy McCue “Interview: Lynn Hill”. www.climber.co.uk. 19 April 2013
I went to the Women in Climbing Symposium last November where Lynn Hill was the main speaker. I cherish the memory of hearing her talk about her adventures, meeting her in person and having her sign my copy of her book.
4) Adam Ondra and his signed poster
This poster currently hangs in our garage opposite our little training climbing wall. Adam Ondra is a fellow Czech climber and he is considered by some possibly the best climber in the world at the moment.
I have watched his climbing movies and enjoyed witnessing his, not only physically challenging, but also mentally gruelling climbing projects. He challenges what is possible and how far our bodies can go.
Hearing him talk in London in 2014 for Urbanrock, at the Westway Climbing Centre was such a brilliant experience. He came across as extremely modest given his levels of achievement. Having him sign his poster for us was the cherry on the cake.
In order to grow, we have to be ready to continuously fail. If we are not failing, our goals are not big enough.
Brown in her Rising Strong writes about how to pick ourselves up after each of those failures.
You can say Brown gives me tools so I can be brave to continuously fail whilst Hill and Ondra inspire me via showing me what’s possible if you are courageous enough to Dare Greatly (yup, another reference to Brown! 😉 ).
5) The Lord of the Rings extended edition DVDs directed by Peter Jackson
I love these DVDs. They are not just a movie adaptation. There is something epic about them. I almost felt like a received a permission to openly obsess about LOTR once they got aired as all of sudden everyone knew what those books were all about.
I still re-watch them from time to time and enjoy getting lost in the magical world J.R.R. Tolkien created for us and Peter Jackson visually brought to our homes.
There you have it. Now over to you friends.
What are your favourite items you either own or are lusting after? Fancy sharing some of them with me?
And if you have done yours in the post, please let me know. I can’t wait to see others’ treasures and their lists. Mostly because I am
nosy curious! 🙂