Everyone needs time to relax. To wind down after a stressful week. For me, that time is spent watching Youtube and playing video games or guitar.
Recently I wasn’t happy with where I was in life. So I decided to take a break from video games. I went through my computer and deleted them all.
A couple of months later I went to a LAN party with some friends. We played a game so old it took us 2 hours just to set up computers and find a version that still worked. Keep in mind this is a game made years ago, before any downloadable digital copies.
We kept saying “One more game.” as the hours kept flying by. Eventually, we called it quits at 5:00 AM. Two of them had to work the next morning, which sounds ridiculous to say because that was in 3 hours from then.
Despite the lack of energy the next morning, it felt amazing.
Taking the time to be with friends was awesome. Sure the game we played was ancient by technology standards.
The keyboard controls were clunky. The frame rate was crap, and the graphics were blurry and pixilated. But none of that mattered. It was a blast!
At a time in my life where I was as stressed as I can ever remember, that night was exactly what I needed.
I’ve been learning that I don’t take things slow. I move fast, make decisions, and get the job done. But I’m learning to slow down once in a while. Pacing myself helps keep me from running motivational fumes.
I believe this is important for me to embrace. I’m not unique in the fact that I need time to recharge especially as an introvert. But also because it acknowledges a downside to one of my strongest attributes.
I’m a sprinter, not a marathoner. Sure sometimes I can be stubborn, but that isn’t the same as being a marathon runner.
When left to my own devices I like to charge in, starting organizing tasks for optimal efficiency, and get the momentum going. I don’t generally enjoy “planning” unless I know it leads to action. Hopefully quickly too.
Blocking out time for me to refill my gas tank helps me double down on my strength – moving fast and taking action.