Over the past few years though, I’ve been contemplating as to what it means to grow up as a gamer. Sure, right now gamers are everywhere since it’s so easy to play them on any electronic device (mobile, tablet, console, Smart TV, etc) but when I was a kid we weren’t as common.
It’s been over 25 years. Yes, it’s been over two decades and a half since I started playing video games. I am aging myself there, but the point is I’ve been playing videogames for a long time! My first console was the NES, and I never looked back since holding that small gray controller.
As it has become easier to find people with similar interests, I can interact with fellow fans on Discord, Facebook, Twitter, or going to cons. There are so many outlets now, that I can’t keep up with them. Not only do I want to talk about my hobby, I write about it and also need time to actually play the games I want to discuss! My backlog only gets larger, and time doesn’t seem to want to spare me some change so I can catch up.
With less time to play because of all the responsibilities I have, which are priority over any game, I wondered if I would ever drop gaming entirely. What if I lose interest in the genre, or just can’t fit it in my schedule? Would I have wasted my time all these years, playing as digital characters instead of reading my bible, improving myself in various areas, or being more with my family?
Time To Play
How I use my most valuable resource, time, is a thought I am thinking more about recently than when I was younger. Of course, when we are young we don’t have many responsibilities (depending on your childhood) so worrying about what time it is or if we can finish everything in one day isn’t a common concern. Videogames, for me, took up a lot of time for me as a kid since I had lots of it to spare!
Now, my days are mostly made up of going to work from 8am-4pm, coming home to change, helping with any cooking/cleaning, working out, and trying to have some kind of downtime. Oh, and we have an online business selling on Amazon which is getting bigger every year. On top of being married, owning a home, and seeking God’s guidance for everything I do. His will be done, not mine.
It’s not easy!
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.
Seeing other gamers who have a similar lifestyle to myself, whether they are Christian or not, and how they go about their routines helps me out. I don’t want to ever leave this wonderful world of videogames that has blessed me with so many wonderful memories, friends, and emotions. It’s just about being a little more organized. There is never a perfect balance, but being more intentional does assist with getting things done.
This new year, I want to use my time more wisely so I can have some tor gaming. Not that I would use all my free time to game, as I have other hobbies (reading, exercising, writing on this blog, social life). So many things want my attention, so I have to keep my priorities first and say no to some opportunities. I can’t do it all, though I wish I could!
How do you balance your time, or at least make time in your schedule for your day? As you get older, how do you find time for gaming? Looking forward to reading your tips and routines!