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TheDustinThomas avatar 10:18 AM on 08.01.2013  (server time)
Coping, One Game at a Time

Given the particular audience reading this, I think it's safe to say that a lot of us use gaming as more than just a way to pass the time. Some of us use it at times when life is overwhelming. Such is the case with me right now. Let me give a quick synopsis of what happened to me this week.

In July of last year, I started a new job, and it was easily the best job that I've ever had. In March, I was promoted. With the promotion, I was moved to a different department, received a 20% pay increase, and went from working third shift, Friday to Tuesday, to working a 9-5, Monday through Friday. Needless to say, I was stoked. Fast-forward to this past Monday, and I was called into my new boss' office. Sitting there was my boss, the boss from my old department, and the VP of the company. I made assumptions about what was happening before I even sat down. My assumptions were correct: my department was being phased out, and I had the option to go back to my old position or quit. I would go back to my old pay rate, and I would go back to working third shift. The worst part, however, was that I had to make a decision by the end of the day, because after 5pm, my current position no longer existed. I was given zero warning, zero time to prepare, and had a huge decision to make.

Most people are probably thinking "The good news is that you still have a job." Well, actually, I don't. I took the latter option and left the company. It's not a pride thing, it was more the fact that going back to my old position would have made it impossible for me to do the things that are most important to me. Wrestling? Done. Seeing my wife? No more. And what good is a youth pastor that never sees his youth group? Luckily, my wife makes enough money to support us for the time being. So, after a lot of prayers and soul-searching, I feel I made the right decision.

Why did I bother to tell you this story? Because ever since I made the decision, I've been boooooorrrrrrred, and like most of us who would be in a similar position, I've been using gaming as a way to cope. I've been getting some of my backlog taken care of in between job searches and household chores. I recently scratched Far Cry 3 off the list, and since Monday I've managed to finish Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, and currently working my way through Saints Row The Third before starting Bioshock Infinite. I also have God of War: Ascension that I borrowed from a friend, Dead Rising 2 becoming free in the near future, X-Com thanks to Playstation Plus, and Link's Awakening DX was my Club Nintendo prize (I'm determined to finish a Zelda game before the end of the year). I've been trying to scale down the movie/television backlog as well, watching at least one movie I've been meaning to get to a day. Today was The Expendables 2, and I'm thinking I may finally go through and watch Twin Peaks.

The games (and movies) pile up faster than we can finish them. All the ones I just listed is just the beginning. What about all those PS2 games I never finished...or started, for that matter? The best advice I feel is to just take it one game at a time, not just with backlogs, but with life in general. In the span of minutes, your entire world can change, I learned that this week. You never know what king of shot life is going to take at you, and it's all about how you roll with the punches. There's no sense in being upset over it, it is what it is, and the best thing you can do is just accept it and move on. Life, much like games, can be overwhelming, but as long as you keep your head on straight, and don't let the negatives outweigh the positives, things will always turn out well in the end. When the going gets tough, make time for the things you love. Luckily for me, I have gaming, writing, my wife and family, my youth group and all the other amazing people at my church. I'm very blessed.

I got a bit philosophical there for a moment, and I've barely spoken about games this entire time, but I still feel like this was worth writing. Hopefully I didn't bring down the room, so to cheer everyone up, here's Scott Steiner being insane...

Makes sense to me.

Thanks for reading, and God bless.


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