The True Bravery – Putting Yourself Out There!

Let’s face it, putting yourself out there on any scale is tough already. Imagine a person who is isolated often, constantly involving themselves in escapism, and readily available for the next escape from this reality!

As an otaku and/or geek, this can be at the height of our realities.e love our games, we love our manga, we love our comics, we love our anime! Putting yourself out there as a means of going for a new non-virtual relationship, or even trying to show opinions in a potential friendship can be cumbersome mentally to say the least!

But in doing this, you essentially work towards the hero you can become, and show a true grit and bravery that most of us(otaku/geeks/people in general) never truly experience. Societal norms tell us that the world is bad on almost all levels and trust is a fleeting concept.

This makes sense…

But if you truly can climb that mountain and in a sense overcome that hurdle to put yourself out there and say, “This is me damn it! I’m going to go for what I want! I’m not scared of the judgment that precedes and proceeds my actions!!”, then you can unlock a power that I’m guessing you never thought was possible!

True Bravery

Indeed my geek/otaku brethren putting yourself out there typically refers to taking risks or exposing yourself to new experiences. Additionally, you expose yourself to situations, or people, often with the aim of achieving personal growth, expanding your social or professional networks, or pursuing opportunities. It can be challenging and WILL involve stepping outside your comfort zone.  But, it will lead to rewarding outcomes and valuable learning experiences. Here are a few tips for putting yourself out there:

  1. Identify your goals: Determine what you hope to achieve by putting yourself out there. Whether it’s finding new friends, advancing your career, or pursuing personal passions, having a clear goal will help you stay motivated.
  2. Overcome fear and self-doubt: Fear of rejection or failure can hold you back from putting yourself out there. Recognize that these feelings are natural, but don’t let them control your actions. Challenge negative thoughts and remind yourself of your strengths and capabilities.
  3. Start small: Begin by taking small steps outside your comfort zone. Gradually expose yourself to new experiences or social settings. This could include attending networking events, joining clubs or organizations, or reaching out to new people.
  4. Embrace vulnerability: Putting yourself out there often requires vulnerability, as you expose yourself to the possibility of rejection or criticism. Remember that vulnerability is a strength, and it allows for deeper connections and personal growth.
  5. Learn from setbacks: Not every interaction or experience will go as planned, and setbacks are a natural part of putting yourself out there. Instead of dwelling on failures, focus on the lessons learned and use them as stepping stones for future growth.
  6. Cultivate a positive mindset: Maintain a positive attitude and believe in your ability to handle challenges and seize opportunities. Surround yourself with supportive and like-minded individuals who can encourage and motivate you along the way.
  7. Take initiative: Be proactive in seeking out opportunities and making connections. Don’t wait for things to happen; create them yourself. Reach out to people, express your ideas, and seize opportunities as they arise.
  8. Practice self-care: Putting yourself out there can be emotionally draining, so it’s essential to prioritize self-care. Take time to recharge, engage in activities you enjoy, and practice self-compassion.

Remember my fellow geeks and otaku that putting yourself out there is a personal journey, and everyone progresses at their own pace. Stay patient, persistent, and open to new experiences, and you’ll likely discover new opportunities and personal growth along the way.

Geeks Vs. Otaku – Choose your destiny!?

Geeks VS Otaku.. Which are you!?

Geeks and otaku are terms often used to describe individuals with a strong passion for specific hobbies or interests, particularly within the realm of popular cosmic or fictional culture. While there is some overlap between the two groups, there are also distinct differences.

Most of us who are otaku are usually geeks as well. We have had our lives intertwined by popular Shonen characters as well as would be Marvel and DC characters.

I mean DC literally has the two most popular characters that have ever existed within the hero-sphere in Supes and Bats! But what about the alternative universe of Goku, Tanjero Komodo, Spike Spiegel,  Deku, Ippo, and others…

Indeed if you had to choose and could only be a fandom of one, which would it be? I know for a fact, there are people who debate about this all day long! The thing is, you can love one more than the other is what common sense would dictate.

But that clearly is not the case when passions and influence are involved!


In any case.. let’s formally, THOROUGHLY, AND EXHAUSITVELY explore the differences….

Well maybe not to exhaustion..but you all get it.. 🙂

Geeks: Geeks typically refer to individuals who are deeply enthusiastic about technology, science, video games, comics, movies, and related subjects. They may be knowledgeable about computer programming, enjoy playing video games, follow the latest advancements in technology, and engage in fandom communities. Geeks are often characterized by their technical expertise and their passion for intellectual pursuits.

Otaku: Otaku is a Japanese term that originated in Japan to describe individuals with obsessive interests, particularly in anime, manga (Japanese comics), and related aspects of Japanese popular culture. Otaku are known for their intense dedication and extensive knowledge of anime and manga series. They may collect merchandise, attend conventions, cosplay (dress up as their favorite characters), and actively participate in fan communities.

While both geeks and otaku share a common passion for specific interests, the key difference lies in the focus of their enthusiasm. Geeks tend to have a broader range of interests that can include technology, gaming, and various aspects of popular culture, not solely limited to anime and manga. Otaku, on the other hand, have a specific fixation on anime, manga, and associated Japanese pop culture.

It’s important to note that these terms are not mutually exclusive, and an individual can be both a geek and an otaku if they have a deep passion for both technology and anime/manga. Ultimately, these terms are self-identifications and can vary in meaning depending on the individual and their specific interests.

Personally, I indeed fully embrace the title of Otaku. Anime and Japanese culture has just had the most profound effects on my life. So much so, this site is inspired by and is ultimately the child of our manga that is coming later this year in Journey of Bravery.

The stories are just more impactful in my opinion. So if you’re asking, which team am I…

Mental Discipline – Saving Money for Conventions

Saving money for conventions requires mental discipline and a strategic approach to managing your finances. This 100 percent can be a challenge for any con-goer! The problem is simple! Balancing life with future plans and wanting to give into your otaku, geek, blerd or nerd side can be in stark contrast to adulting.

But it’s all good…

We have suggestions!!

Here are some tips to help you develop the necessary discipline and save money effectively:

  1. Set a Clear Goal: Determine how much money you need to save for the convention, including travel expenses, accommodation, tickets, and any other associated costs. Having a specific savings goal will give you a clear target to work towards.
  2. Create a Budget: Evaluate your income and expenses to create a monthly budget. Allocate a portion of your income specifically for convention savings. Identify areas where you can cut back on unnecessary expenses and redirect that money toward your savings goal.
  3. Track Your Expenses: Keep track of your spending to understand where your money is going. Use budgeting apps or spreadsheets to monitor your expenses and identify areas where you can save. Being aware of your spending habits will help you make better financial decisions.
  4. Prioritize Saving: Treat your convention savings as a priority. When you receive your income, set aside the designated amount for savings before spending on non-essential items. Automating your savings by setting up an automatic transfer to a separate savings account can make it easier to save consistently.
  5. Reduce Non-Essential Spending: Cut back on unnecessary expenses such as eating out, entertainment, or impulse purchases. Consider alternatives to expensive activities, such as free events or DIY projects, to save money while still enjoying your hobbies.
  6. Plan in Advance: Conventions often have early bird ticket offers or discounts on travel and accommodation. Plan ahead and take advantage of these opportunities to save money. Booking in advance can also help you secure better deals and avoid last-minute price hikes.
  7. Look for Travel and Accommodation Options: Compare prices for flights, trains, or other modes of transportation to find the most cost-effective option. Consider staying in budget accommodations like hostels or shared rentals instead of expensive hotels. Sharing a room or splitting costs with friends who are also attending the convention can further reduce expenses.
  8. Save on Food and Drinks: Food and beverages can be costly during conventions. Pack snacks and drinks from home to avoid purchasing overpriced items on-site. Additionally, research nearby affordable eateries or grocery stores where you can find reasonably priced meals.
  9. Avoid Impulse Purchases: When attending conventions, it’s tempting to buy merchandise, collectibles, or exclusive items. Set a budget for convention-related purchases and stick to it. Consider making a list of the items you genuinely want or need before attending and prioritize those over impulsive buys.
  10. Find Additional Sources of Income: Consider taking up temporary part-time jobs, freelancing, or selling unused items to generate extra income specifically for the convention. Use this additional income solely for your savings goal.
  11. Stay Motivated: Remind yourself of the convention and the experiences you’re looking forward to. Keep a visual representation of your savings goal, like a progress chart or a picture of the convention, to stay motivated and remind yourself why you’re saving.

Remember, mental discipline is crucial in saving money for any goal. It’s important to stay committed to your savings plan and make conscious decisions that align with your financial objectives.

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Vegeta and Mental Cosplay…

Vegeta Mental Cosplay

For me Vegeta was always someone to aspire to! As of right now, and of course, everyone knows that most Shouen produces a protagonist. Rarely do we find a show that produces an equivalent and/or antagonist turned co-protagonist that warrants being the main character in a Shounen story!


Vegeta, for a lot of us, was always the underrated,  the underappreciated hero whom a lot of us could deeply empathize with.


It’s because not only did he dream of recognizing his full potential, but he worked diligently and beyond to make it happen!

Those were real tears when Frieza pummeled him from behind..

How am I utilizing his example to apply my own mental cosplay. That is a huge question in relation to applying his fictional example and making them tangible.

I personally take some of his most iconic scenes internalize them and apply them when I’m working out. This has a cascading effect which ultimately makes my body feel better and also makes my mental state better!

For a reference to how physical activity and working out help with mental health, you can check out this general article by Pubmed!

When Vegeta first came onto the scene, and more so when he turns super Saiyan, I was completely blown away. Of course in defeating Android 19 or merely introducing himself to the Z crew and the villains, upon turning into that magical mystical as well as mythical warrior, he shows you that he was on fire!

You can clearly see from this image that his anger and rage is has literally put him ablaze! He was clearly, or his transformation rather was clearly more dramatic than that of Goku’s!

Not only that, it was cheered for in a sense and appreciated more even by none would be vegeta fans! I literally remember in the early 2000s reading various forms(shows my age :-)) at the time people more so showcasing that not only had Vegeta ascended to this great transformation but they also felt it to be well deserved.

Even with the latest dragon Ball movie or one of the newer super movies in “Broly“, when Vegeta turned Super Saiyan God everyone cheered even though the form had already been established by Goku!

A circus clown if there ever was one(my internal Vegeta fan speaks freely – lol)!

With that being said, I take this example of Vegeta first turning into a Super Saiyan and apply it to my own mental cosplay when I am essentially trying to overcome certain situations and ultimately better that situation!

Because that’s what Mental Cosplay is! Using elements of our favorite heros in order to overcome our common and/or most difficult obstacles!!

This is always most evident when I’m in the gym trying to set a PR! You better believe I have “Hell’s Bells by Bruce Faulconer” rolling and this scene at the forefront of my mind! The music pumping, the anger brewing, and the steel between my hands, nothing can stop me as I look to ascend in my own rights! The YouTube clips that surround his transformation help as well!! 🙂 !

Be brave be you!

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