Once upon a time there was a Warlock in my Guild called Cathiera.
She was brilliant and funny and as it transpires a damn fine exponent of the Dark Arts, but the thing that I remember most about her was the fact she loved to walk. A LOT. She'd play a couple of hours online with us and then announce 'I'm off out for a bit' and away she would go. As I believe she lived somewhere in Scandinavia (the memory fails me as to exactly where) I would always imagine somewhere wonderfully stark and beautiful as a backdrop, but it could just as easily have been a city she was in. I was reminded of her yesterday, as I took all my frustration about non functioning software and pointless operating systems and wasted mornings and walked myself. I remember one particular conversation between Cath and me, before she vanished into the Ether of Lost Warcraft Relationships that Altered my Existence where she informed me that one of the reasons she'd walk was just for that: to help process all the bad stuff in a raid, or to think about how to solve issues we couldn't surmount as a team.
It occurred to me how many problems could be solved in gaming if people simply stepped away from the keyboard from time to time and did just this.
|Trees outside, yesterday.|
As today begins the start of my 48th year on this Planet, I may have been doing more than my fair share of navel contemplation. It occurs to me that this is the fittest I think I've been for many, many years, and that the motivation of my Fitbit and an interested Twitter feed has been instrumental in getting me more active, inspiring me to eat healthier and simply not to sit for hours on end at a keyboard. It can be very easy to think that if you play games you don't need to be active, but I am more than aware of the health benefits keeping fit brings, especially as I am a long-term asthma sufferer. I've also struggled with keeping a healthy weight since the kids were born, and as the youngest is pretty much a mirror for my time in Warcraft... I know that health issues are one of those touchy subjects for certain people but frankly, we could ALL do with looking after ourselves a bit better, and with an Expansion coming up there is going to be a temptation to spend even longer than usual glued to a screen.
|ALL OF THE SMILES :D|
I always wonder why healthy foods don't try and do something to appeal more to gamers. You see hugely sugary snacks and chip/dips associated with gaming, or Pizza, but really shouldn't the vegetable farmers be teaming up with major developers? Bottled water maybe? Yeah, I know, because gaming is a relaxation and nobody wants to think healthy when they want to relax. Except, and here's an amazing thing, you can do both. Balance is possible. You CAN balance the good and not so good, and reprogramming your brain to do so is not as stressful as many might tell you. Being healthy is very much a choice, and like all things you have to decide what matters to you more than anything else. However, I'll tell you now how much better I feel, how much more positive it has made me and how the walking actually helps me to deal with depression and anger. With the Expansion coming up, this is a perfect opportunity to start thinking healthier for the weeks that follow.
As we move from one virtual continent to another, this would be a perfect time to think about a change. You be amazed at what you are capable of if you do :D