WoW: The Shattering, and how obsession solves nothing

24 11 2010

Bugger. Doesn’t look like I’ll be quittin you, WoW, after all.

The Shattering is happening as we speak. Basically Deathwing – some bad nasty dragon guy – popped out of his hole in the ground and is going on a rampage across Azeroth.

I was determined not to get sucked back into the timesink that is WoW, but after hearing some of the (fellow) fanboy hype I can’t help but take a curious peek. I’m terrified because WoW is like being an alcoholic. Even if you quit drinking, you’re still an alcoholic. All it takes is that one drink to get you back on the wagon.

But, dammit, I can’t really help it. WoW is, after all, my thing. Other people have action cricket, or binge drinking, or stamp collecting. The only hobby I’ve ever really enjoyed was playing WoW. It made me happy.

End of the day, what point is there to getting fit and pursuing other activities if you aren’t really enjoying them? Gym is punishment every day. While I’ll continue focusing on gaining some level of personal fitness, obsessing about it isn’t actually making me a happier person. Like, what point is there to being fit and toned if you’re still an antisocial recluse? Pumping iron 4 times a week and spending hours walking and hiking is enjoyable, but like anything in life if you begin obsessing about one thing, it doesn’t actually make you happy. It becomes a chore. Wow became a chore for me and I stopped liking it. Now, this personal fitness drive is becoming a lot more like work and a lot less like fun.

Perhaps it’s possible to find some kind of equilibrium in life. To do what you must as well as what you enjoy.

Hell, it’s worth a shot.

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3 responses

24 11 2010
boerewors

Yeah, break away from an obsession Skurm. My method: find other things to do on the nights you dont play WoW, make an effort to create time and nights where you dont play. Soon, it will come naturally.

24 11 2010
skurm

I’ll have to look at setting specific nights aside for gaming, WoW or otherwise. It’ll mean some discipline, but I suppose if i can cycle 7 kilos every morning I can do this.

24 11 2010
Otheos

Yeh dude, balance is the way. And you will see it will eventually just become second nature. I still have my ups and downs (specially around new content) but its a lot easier these days.

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