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Back in August, I decided to take a break from an MMORPG that I spent an extremely large amount of time on.
That game, was Final Fantasy XIV.
Back in 2013, I was able to play the games Alpha and Beta tests. I fell in love with it.
I never played the original Final Fantasy XIV, but I was able to join in on the remake of the game, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
It ended up becoming my most favorite MMORPG, and probably my favorite game overall.
Other than a year and a half break that I took from the game around 2016/2017, I have actively played the game for most of the 9 years since its release.
However, this year, I started to have mixed feelings about gaming in general.
Gaming felt kinda… blah.
Back on September 9th, I posted a blog post titled “Gaming is not as fun.”
Over the past year, I felt like gaming was not scratching that itch anymore. It almost felt like a waste of time.
The main contributor to that at the time was that I was watching and listening to a lot of self-development videos/podcasts, and one of the main things they always push is that you should be spending your spare time learning, experimenting, and bettering yourself.
I started to think that gaming didn’t fit into any of those categories, and I started to think that gaming was a waste of time.
Changing my viewpoint
The past few weeks, I changed my viewpoint on my life.
Yes, I could spend my day doing my day job, and then every waking moment after that spent learning, trying to leave a mark on the world, or “not waste my time.”
But, I was starting to get burnt out. It wasn’t what I wanted to do.
So many people state that you need to do something with your life that will leave a mark on this earth.
But, you know what? Everyone is going to be forgotten. No matter what you do, whether it is good or bad, you will soon be forgotten.
So why not spend your time on this earth doing something that you love?
I love gaming. I don’t want it to feel like a waste of time.
After I changed my mindset a bit, I started to enjoy games a bit more.
I picked up Guild Wars 2 after I haven’t played the game since the year of its release.
I played it and enjoyed it. Though, as I played it, I started longing to play Final Fantasy XIV again.
So, I resubscribed, and I couldn’t be happier about that decision.
Don’t let others tell you that gaming is a waste of time.
Yes, gaming could end up becoming an addiction, and at that point, you should get help.
However, if you spend your spare time doing what you love. Then continue to do it. Don’t feel bad about gaming, just because others say you should be doing something else.
You only have a short amount of time on this earth. Spend your life the way you want to live it. Do not spend it living the way somebody else is telling you to live it.