Wednesday, May 12
...And Then The Game Was Over.
A little while ago, I was babysitting a friend's 8 years old. Savanna. Totally hilarious kid, had me laughing so hard I almost peed my pants. Anyway. She had no homework so we settled down in the game room and brought out the PlayStation. The only 2-player non-sports games were a couple of cartoon racing games. Simpson's Road Rage and and oldie but a good, Crash Team Racing. Savanna didn't have either one, so she played for a bit by herself while I finished up some work (and did a phone interview for an article I'm writing). Then, the head to head games began. I don't get beaten very often and I will say at first I wasn't trying really hard. I mean, she's 8. What fun is killing at 8 year old at video games (all you hard-core gamers don't need to answer). But then I realized, she's good. So I started playing harder. Two hours later, thumbs permanently bent at that weird video game angle...she's beaten me 7 out of 9 head to head match ups. I am crushed.
But I'm feeling good.
No kidding. In general, I'm feeling much more positive than I was just a few hours ago. I'm jazzed to get back to work on the books -- both of them!
My theory? Just playing a game takes years off your life and your attitude. It's hard to stay sad about anything when you're laughing and playing. If you're tired, depressed or just need some away time from being a grown up, I highly suggest picking up a few games. Even if it leads to you getting beaten by an 8 year old.
What is your favorite distraction? And does it help you get back into the groove of grown-up life and writing when you indulge a little?