I love technology just as much as the next gerk and need, but I also have the taste of adventure and outdoors. I’d like to share a story about drawing inspiration from areas in my life other than from gaming. I am a member of a Boy Scout troop in my hometown in Washington. I am finishing up my Eagle rank, and as a part of a High Adventures group, we planned a trip to what is ranked as one of the top 10 lakes in the world.
After a year of planning, I took a well enjoyed hiatus from the connected electronic world for ~9 days. Taking around 200 pounds of food for 8 days and 7 nights, we headed for Bowron Lakes in northern British Columbia at 6:30 a.m. Monday the 9th. After 12 hours of driving, we finally made it to the park to set up camp and sleep.
The following morning, we had a prep meeting with the rangers, and then we rigged up our 6 tandem sea kayaks and 1 single kayak to head to the water. We portaged from the parking lot to the first lake, something that will go down in infamy because of the horrid trail we crossed.
I cannot describe everything I saw. It truly is something one must experience for oneself. With little to no rain, clear skies, and calm water — I had plenty of time to bask in the glory of the world’s creation.
In a pseudo edition of Lore Life Lessons, I will share what I find in life (beyond gaming) to give me my joy.
Take Motivation Where You Can
It’s easy to get bogged down in life, we’ve all had those days. We either have just enormous amounts of stress and work, or we have persecution and ridicule from the peanut gallery that just gets to our core. Society even contributes (at least in the U.S.). If you’re not pretty, or athletic, you’re not good enough. If you spend your time on a computer for more than 2 hours, not for work, you’re an outcast of society.
In high school, I’ve been constantly picked on, bullied, and even threatened because I bring my laptop for everything and I am a flamboyant geek. I’ve even been mocked as a nerd for writing a book, and having no life because it’s all I do.
Many have similar experiences, but there’s one thing we all say — ignore it, and keep doing what you’re passionate about. They don’t matter. Keep close to your friends and family, they will always be supportive of your choices.
I am fanatical about writing, clearly by my want to get published. I’ve mentioned before that procrastination finds its grip upon me, but also, so does lack of motivation. If I have no one willing to help me edit it, read it, or give feedback, I have little incentive but to pass the time.
After Bowron, I have full will power again. There is no way I can re-create the beauty I saw in reality, but even in my little reality in writing, I can perhaps try. The experiences I had while paddling are able to feed into my story, and better it. Perhaps similar stories are part of the reason that so many MMOs seem to lack their usual player bases in the summer.
Does anyone else find joy in unplugging sometimes? What are your thoughts on inspiration beyond technology, and what are your go-to obsessions that motivate you to keep at it?
For those who would enjoy seeing all the photos from the trip, you can find them here.