Well, thank you to Rhonda for giving me the idea for this entry in previous comments. I got to wondering about how being a fan of Keanu Reeves has affected me and my life. The first thing that comes to mind is the friendships I have made. I've become very close to several of the people I have met through online fandom. Their friendships mean the world to me. I've been fortunate to meet a few of them in person, travel with them, and lean on them when I needed to. That's probably the single most important thing that I've gotten out of fandom.
There are other ways I feel my life has changed and improved because of it. Being a Keanu fan, creating wallpapers and a website really gave me a creative outlet when I needed it. There's a special thanks to someone, Sailor Ji, over on the side. She used to have a site called The Keanu Sanctuary, and it was to her that I sent my first wallpaper designs. She was the one that first told me I should make a site. The Sanctuary is no more, and I don't know what ever happened to Sailor Ji, but I will always be grateful for her encouragement.
I've discovered new music, like Liz Phair and Archers of Loaf, thanks to Keanu mentioning them. I probably would never have gotten around to reading any William Gibson, either. I had all but forgotten about my guitar until I got the urge to learn some Dogstar songs, although I still don't practice as much as I should. I've re-read some Shakespeare, something I hadn't wanted to do ever since high school. I'm reading more in general, in fact. Things that I wouldn't normally read or even know about.
I guess there's some other things about me that have changed or evolved, too.
But a lot of them are personal, so I won't be talking about them.
It's a discretion thing.
Guess where I picked that up?