Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Virtual Realization

Whillikers, it's been a while since I posted! It was a busy June and July, since we had Jared for six weeks straight this summer. Good times had by all, and Jared learned some great tips at fishing camp that he and Jeff should be able to put to good use. We also had a great time up at the Beckers' place in North Carolina! With all said and done, I can just say kudos to all full-time parents out there, because wow.

I confess I've also been spending time playing The Sims 3. It's fun, but it creates a certain obsessive behavior in me that can be very, very time-consuming. So much for quitting World of Warcraft, which I was rarely playing when I cancelled my subscription. I just replaced it with something I now play A LOT. Which leads to a recent realization: my virtual Sim people are leading more fulfilling lives than I am. Seriously, they cook, they garden, they play the guitar, they paint, they write, they work out, they go to the park and concerts and movies and the day spa, they chat and have friends over and flirt with their significant others and get appropriate amounts of sleep. They play video games, too, but they manage to get all of those other things done, as well. Thing is, I'm spending my time helping them do those many things instead of, oh, say, doing them myself. Doesn't that seem a bit...wrong? In fact, maybe a lot wrong?

Maybe it's the dog days of summer that were talking to me and telling me to take a break, but I'm now itching to do more. At the very least, I should give myself a real life at least as interesting as the one I encourage for my fake people. So, I'm back on the workout train after an overly long absence, thinking about freshening up the house with a repaint or two, am eagerly awaiting my seed shipment so I can get the garden up and running in August for the new growing year, plan to attend my first sewing class in a few weeks and may just have to suffer the fingertip pain and get the guitar back out. I swear, if I don't learn to play at least some chords and a simple song this year, I'm putting it on Craigslist on January 1. We've had them sitting there for at least three years, which is at least two years over the edge of reasonable learning delay. Use it or lose it, at least as far as my own guitar of the three that we have is concerned.

So, thanks, Sims, for reminding me how life ought to be lived. Video games are fine, but not at the expense of my own existence. Life is good, but it's also short.


Latisha said...

Sharon, Please don't be too hard on yourself. I, too, am guilty of not allowing life affirming activities into my everyday existence. Work. Work. Work. Until finally, I have a health issue ~ I didn't even realize that I was experiencing stressed induced insomnia. Duh! it turned out to be quite chronic and created a mess of things (physically & mentally). Well, it was a wake-up call. Something we all need every once in awhile. So, thanks to the Sims you can now look at your surroundings and take pleasure in getting back to the "basics". ENJOY!!!

Latisha said...

BTW, love the look of your blog ;)

Shandy said...

Thanks! Jeff did that, actually. I just added the sunset picture at the top. Too bad about your insomnia, but I'm glad you realized what it was. It can be so difficult to stop long enough to tie the threads together and see how actions manifest themselves in unexpected ways. It was a good realization, though, and today (Sunday) I should finish the stripping/sanding/repairing/priming/painting/re-hardwaring of the front door that I started a ridiculously long time ago. I'm sure the neighbors will be happy, too. Shabby chic is soooo 1990s.

Latisha said...

Oh have fun with working on your front door. I do love home renovations. I'm sure you'll love the end results ~ making home "niche-y". Also, I owe you and Jeff a bit of thanks - your website inspired me to make a little change with mine. I am usually afraid to change my theme (unless it's the usual white background, cool color theme). I'll probably try out a few other themes later this week... Happy Sunday Repairs!

Anonymous said...

I'm so proud of you! I don't know where you get the energy! Love you both. Mom