A Message Of Hope...Star Trek had always been around for me. When I was very little I would watch it with my mum who was Trek fan before me, when I was 7 I got a Star Trek video for Christmas (The Best of Both Worlds, my favourite episode) and it started from there, I got my own VCR in my room and then the collection began. A shop right on the corner of my street sold tons and tons of videos and dvds and the guy had soem Star Trek videos, so I bought a few and enjoyed them, then he started getting piles of them and I found myself spending my pocket money on Star Trek videos, everyone except Enterprise (that isn't Star Trek to me), with each video been about 99p - 1.99 and me getting £2 pound pocket money a week that was my money or sometimes would save up.
Thing is this was long after Star Trek, I was about 10 or 11 when my obsession began. It wasn't a peer pressure thing, like everyone likes it so you like it to fit in and it wasn't that it was on the air.
At the time I was going through a lot of issues and a lot of problems, I was just finishing primary school and starting Secondary, I was bullied on a daily basis, whether it be physical, mental or verbal and my dad had left us and I was suffering to connect to anyone and was struggling, but then I flicked on one of my Trek videos that I had gotten for my birthday the previous year and found it to be very comforting and quite an escape, the characters, the space battles, the humour, I would line up my spaceships (even if they weren't starships from Star Trek) and make believe, more than anything the show, the whole of Star Trek had a positive message of hope, it had a very positive feel about it, that you could come home after a hard day at school or wherever and escape into an episode of The Next Generation or Deep Space Nine and forget your problems and emerse yourself in a brilliant and wonderful science fiction universe set in the future and in those days when I had no real friends to call my own, it made me feel like maybe I did.
Of course the craze became an obsession which by the time I was 13 I had nearly 80 Star Trek videos (ranging from The Originals all the way to Voyager) most from that shop on the corner of my street, but it became apparent that I needed to get rid of some, 1 because they were taking up space and 2 at that point I was starting home education so had to focus on that and get out and my mum was encoruaging me to mix a little with other kids. So with much regret I gave away a good amount to a local charity shop as no one would want to buy loads of videos, sure with them you could build a fort or ba
Years later, I've been to College and have grown and matured and have recently rediscovered Star Trek and even found all 7 seasons of TNG on dvd in a local shop. I am a big fan still but not to the extent I was back then and I can always revisit them.
Star Trek was there for me at a time where I felt I had no hope and I was very much alone and it helped me so very much, it would put a smile on my face at the end of a long day and through its brilliant and believeable characters and its well written and amazing stories it built me up and gave me hope when I felt I had none and sure did give me the confidence to go forth to tackle the unknown world outside of my Trek video fort.