‘Tis the Season

As the title says, Christmas is right around the corner – or whatever holiday is that you celebrate. Or not celebrate. It’s a confusing time of year, but that’s for a different kind of blog. One Donald Trump might follow. Anyway, with the holidays approaching fast, things become expensive. It’s a reality many of us have to deal with this time of year. Inflated credit card bills, empty bank accounts, and that’s on top of the regular monthly bills we all face. But, we do it for the ones we love, to see a smile on their face, or…something. I don’t know where I’m going with that.

Anyway, for me this year things are even crazier. I’m getting married in April, which takes a lot of planning, and money, and organizing. All of which I’m bad at managing. The biggest thing right now if figuring out a stag and doe – and for those who don’t know what it is, it’s more or less a big party people pay to come to in order to help pay for the wedding. A “Fund raiser” as they say. It’s great in theory, but it takes so much time and effort, and frankly, I’m quite lazy. Okay, okay, I wouldn’t say lazy, but I don’t know where to start, and time is running short – so I’ll go with lazy for now.

What does all this have to do with anything? Well, with all of the stress and not so fun stuff that accompanies this time of year, we need a release. A way to relax and unwind from all the goings on. Although I’m a writer, and being creative is a nice outlet, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I kind of hate writing. Not the process of it – I love telling stories and getting words on paper. But, I hate the physical aspect of typing. There’s something very off putting about it for me. It’s hard to explain. I guess it’s like a pro athlete who hates to exercise. I don;t know if that works, but it’s what I’m using.

So around stressful times, I avoid writing. This goes back to the Happiness is a warm… blog. If I’m not in the right mindset, I won’t write. But! I do have other releases, such as photography. Unfortunately in Toronto right now, we haven’t had a single flake of snow (I use unfortunately very, very sparingly), so it’s been pretty blah lately in terms of weather – not a whole lot of photography opportunities. Well, I’ll be shooting a Christmas card of my nieces later today, but that’s about it. I was meant to have a photoshoot today actually, which would have put a few extra bucks in my pocket – great for the Christmas shopping. But that fells through at the last minute due to illness. It happens, I’m not mad.

But, what I’ve been doing lately is playing video games. Yes, video games. I’m a nerd – and wait until you hear what I’ve been playing. Commence eye roll….Now. Football Manager, and Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn. I know, I know. A simulation, and an MMO. Don’t judge, they’re pretty fun. Well, Football Manager isn’t fun. It’s an addiction I need. Like crack. Final Fantasy, is just a gorgeous game that features a lot, and I mean a lot of walking. But it’s pretty, so it gets a pass.

I feel these are just the respites from reality that I need to feel just useless enough to get back writing, or being creative. And that’s where this post came from. Hours of playing Football Manager made me feel like a useless lump on the chair, and so I felt the need to do something productive. Hey, whatever makes you tick, right? If you need to tear yourself down a bit to climb higher up the ladder, go for it. Might not be for everybody, especially if you have trouble finding your off switch, but for me it works.

Anywhoo, until next time!

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