It was strange, waking up this morning feeling somewhat jubilant. My mood has been black of late, and my energy levels low. But, because of a role-play game (I hesitate to call it a “silly” role-play game), my mood has improved vastly.
I won’t bore you all with the details, but to summarize, a mighty battle ensued (marvelous special effects, there), the evil demons were driven from the bodies of the possessed, light and peace was restored to the realm of Everwind, and I used the opportune confusion after the battle to investigate the underworld and to finally find Castan’s Flame, which will promote me a rank within the cleric guild.
Um…I *still* hesitate to call it a “silly” role-play game. 🙂
In any event, I awoke with a feeling of significant accomplishment. I suspect that the brain has difficulty distinguishing between accomplishments in RL and those in games, hence their addictiveness. And the accomplishment seems real to me despite the fact that the whole thing was clearly pre-rehearsed, and that the lag was so bad that it took me (and virtually everyone else) almost half an hour to run about 300 meters. It still felt “real” enough to me.
AND I took a semi-leadership role among the clerics (and me, only an Acolyte), and received praise in-game for my suggestions.
A waste of time? I think not. There are certainly other tasks that need to be done around my animator’s house, but I doubt they would have been done given my dark mood, in any event. Now, with this real-in-my-mind victory, I have more energy, and am better prepared to handle smaller things. My mind can focus on them, my mind says, because the big task was successfully accomplished. Placebo effect? Who cares.
The Princess is, alas, out of town, which put something of a damper on the whole thing (she would have enjoyed the fireworks of the battle).
Safe paths to all, and use the lag to good advantage by taking the time to behold the flowers. (I’d say “smell the flowers”, but I suspect it will be some time before smells come to SL.)