It’s fair to say that when you’re writing 5-6 or even 10 articles a week, you have to find the motivation to do it day in, day out. However, in the last six months, I have found myself unattached to video games. The one hobby that pretty much defined my childhood has all but died down to a shadow of its former self, but there are new beginnings that are taking shape in my life. Here are three new beginnings that are taking shape in my life:
Learning to immerse myself more in my journalism
With an increase in spare time, which will get ever-more scarcer due to the fact that I will have assignments, dissertation and final year project proposals taking shape, this has given me a chance to immerse myself in data and investigative journalism. I believe getting outside your comfort zone and writing about subject areas that are not familiar to me at first helps me to get a good grounding of the subject, rather than jump into something you know very well.
By all means, I’m not criticising my previous work, everyone works differently and I think getting outside my comfort zone more will help me to become better with my journalism style than being kept in one area.
Harder, Faster, Stronger (Getting fitter and more sharper)
One thing I really wanted to sort out in my spare time was my fitness, which was always there or thereabouts last year, but I really wanted to get back into the gym and sorting out any negative thoughts or stress that would be lingering in my head.
I consider the gym to be my ‘mind tonic’ and considering that I could not find the time last year, one of my goals for 2016 is to get even more fitter and sharper than ever before. I don’t mean in terms of impacting my studies, I think if I could find an hour three times a week to be in the gym and have the opportunity to get rid of anything in my system is a step in the right direction.
Finding that there’s more to life than gaming
As a child, the one hobby I did the most was in fact video gaming and considering that for a good portion of my infant/junior school, I used to get home and play on the PlayStation. But there was no excuse for this as I was only young and although I had other hobbies, gaming was predominantly the main thing in my life.
Now, I find myself having a more diverse range of hobbies that I can do outside of the screen, which is surprising for me personally as it allows me to explore more of the things I actually wanted to do as a child, but never had the chance to do so.
To say ‘the gamer in me is dead’ is either hypocritical or an understatement, because I feel more empowered now than I have ever been in my life and I’m able to do the things I’ve wanted to do without feeling as if I have to sacrifice something to get somewhere. Small, progressive goals have helped me become the man I am today and I wouldn’t change these experiences for a thing.