With the advancements of technology, one thing that has emerged over the years is a more interactive, more addictive method of gaming. Things like MMORPGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) and online line shoot em up games from console to PC have come across and in my opinion, taken the world by storm. I don’t think anyone could have predicted how addicting some of these games would become and what their affect on our lives would be.
I’ll confess right now that at least a few years of my life have been spent gaming; I’ve been gaming for a long, long time but I don’t mean that I have gamed for a few years. I mean is that a few literal years of my life have been spent playing games if you added all the hours together… I gamed pretty hard as a kid and can still remember the late nights —into the 3 or 4am hours (if I got any sleep at all) playing games, and then napping through some of my classes at high school. I’m not proud of that and while I do regret some things about that time I spent, hopped up on caffeine and ramen, I will say that one good thing came of that all and that is my career. Gaming gave me my first taste of the computer world and I’ve been interested ever since. I got me degree in development which was also initially sparked by gaming.
Nevertheless, I don’t game at all anymore because while I was still big into gaming my oldest daughter was born. I gamed pretty consistently through the first year of her life and I realized that I was missing way too much.
I’ve since tried to make more productive use of that time I used to spend grinding in the dungeons…
Here are four alternatives to gaming your life away:
Start a blog
One of the best decisions I ever made was starting this blog. Not only did I and do I continue to learn a ton about finance, this blog has opened so many doors in completely unrelated fields to my career, as well as some within it. I’ve gotten to know people all across the country and some in other parts of the world.
In fact, I think it’s safe to say that without this blog, my career, my education and the majority of advancements in my life were a result of writing here for you.
Start a business
Online or offline, there are thousands of money making ideas out there that only take a little bit of time and dedication to get started. If you invested all the time you spend gaming (or watching TV) into an idea you have or that someone else has had for a side business, there is no limit to how far you could go. While some things take some money to get started, not all ideas do.
Learn a talent or skill
Life is so crazy, you never know what can happen. Even developing skills that you may not see the value in now, but something you are passionate about, can come in handy later and possibly could develop into something you never expected.
I’ve loved playing the piano this past few months. It’s something I always wanted to learn and now I’m finally doing it. I don’t know what could happen with it, but I do know that if I was ever put in a situation where someone asked “does anyone play the piano?” I can say, “Yes! I do.” instead of feeling bad about never learning.
I’ve always felt like the most worthwhile things in life are things you do for others. You can’t know ahead of time what blessings and benefits will come of your service to someone but time and time again, I’ve been amazed at what simply being willing can present to you in your own life.
I know gaming is fun. I know it’s addictive. But life is too short to waste it away.
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