Blogging about my interests

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I’m pretty rusty at writing that has anything to do with my own personal thoughts, feelings or interests but I’m determined to improve, not less because for me, writing with a pen is slow and I can’t read my own hand writing. And after touch typing for the last 15 years it would be ridiculous not to take more advantage of it, perhaps it might even improve my spelling.

I don’t claim to have amazing grammar, I’m still not even that great at structuring content in a meaningful way, but writing helps us think and put things in perspective.

Back on the topic of my interests, it has recently dawned on me that I have very little in the way of interests, hobbies or things I can truly say I am passionate about. I see other people who seem genuinely pleased and excited about things I couldn’t care less about and wonder, ‘are you genuinely happy about that, or is this for someone else benefit? These people make my question myself, I’m happy that so much fascinates or distracts them, but seriously, shouldn’t I have something I can say I enjoy?

The one great constant in my life has been computer games. Something I and probably a lot of people expect someone my age to have grown out of by now, but it’s still something that I can honestly say I enjoy.

There are few things that will completely absorb me, sci-fi tv / films, an interesting problem that needs solving, and gaming. Probably because it incorporates both of those things, but ultimately because of the completely varied, and infinite creatively behind them.

Gaming has become something that is a hobby to me, I’m pleased to say it’s not just me, the rise of e-sports has been furiously documented over the last couple of years, you now have fanatics who will support a team or player in competitive matches.

We are at a turning point of where gaming is becoming a sport or hobby, albeit one that needs to be thought of like a diet, rather than a physical activity, due to the massive lack of physical movement that is currently* required to enjoy most games in 2015.

*VR is coming.

With the revelation that I actually enjoy something, I’ll be looking once again to create a meaningful amount of content around gaming in the near future. I don’t go in for the competitive side of gaming, I enjoy the narrative, exploration and learning they offer, they also offer a way to connect with friends who have moved far away. Most of the people I grew up with no-longer live within a commutable distance, and so, we interact online through games.

If that doesn’t make sense to you, try to imagine only meeting up with your school / college friends every once in a blue moon, at a convenient location, to do a specific activity… like mountain climbing. You talk, catch up and have fun in the process. This is exactly the same, exactly, except much less risk of falling to your death.

It turns out, I also have a couple of other interests such as building things with my hands, I used to enjoy cars and racing, but now I just see cars as a tool to get from a to b.

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