In our constant striving to always be, do, and have more, life can begin to feel like all work and no play. That leads to burnout, which is no good for us mentally, physically, emotionally or creatively. This week, give yourself a break by playing a game. What game? Any game. Preferably a new one. Get some friends together or play alone. Head to the X-Box, the PC, or the card table.
My husband is constantly encouraging me to take a break and play a game because, frankly, I’m a little compulsive about my work. I love the feeling of accomplishing things, checking items off my to-do list, but sometimes I get so tired I can’t focus anymore, which is when I throw a full-on, toddler-style tantrum about how I’m never going to do anything with my life, etc. That’s when my husband says, “Why don’t we play some Katamari?” He is a pretty wise dude.
Last year, I decided to start playing Dungeons and Dragons with some friends online, which lead to playing lots of Fiasco for a while, and then Trail of Cthulu. Now, every Wednesday night, I get together with my gaming group for a much needed respite from constantly pushing myself. It feels great to slip into an alternate reality, and the amount of laughing we do certainly doesn’t hurt. An unexpected benefit, however, was that I started to get a new perspective on storytelling as my friends and I were engaged in a sort of cooperative storytelling and character building.
So that’s your homework. This week, find the time to do something fun just because it’s fun, and who knows, you might even learn something!