jump chaplain was the first model of my own collection that I have painted in about 4-5 months. Last night, because I had a wicked fun time playing my Blood Angel Beatstick list, I decided to remodel some of my assault terminators with more dynamic poses. More on them later. That said, I have done two hobby related things for me in about 5 months.
What a woeful tale, right? So, why am I sharing this with people?
I have written before about keeping the main things in life, the main things in life. I have talked about how this hobby is just that, a hobby. It isn't my life. I don't derive personal definition solely through this hobby. Thus, when push comes to shove, I find myself shoving Warhams to the background to make way for other things like spending quality time with my family and friends and putting food on the table. My wife is thankful that I don't become a whiny, petulant child because I don't get my hobby fix regularly. As a result, she is much more inclined to watch "they boy" so that I can go out and play the odd game when I get the chance.
Here's the rub. I miss playing games, visiting with my gaming buddies, and painting my own stuff. Like a lot. But I have found that my real life priorities really are priorities so I feel guilty for wanting to take time away from them. Bleck. What a predicament, right? So as this new chapter in my life unfolds, I realize that I will have to make harder decisions about how I spend my time. I may even need to take a hard break from tabletop related activities, meaning none at all. I don't think I will ever get rid of my stuff, though.
As my readers, I guess I just want to share with you that this kind of thing does happen. We lament it when our friends get out of the hobby for reason x or y, but really, that's just the way it is. I love gaming. It has been perhaps the longest running hobby I have had besides the variety of musical instruments I semi-play. But we realize tha eventually, the real world comes a knocking and we have to adapt to how each new step down the road will look. Perhaps it will take a backseat. Perhaps someday I will have kids in college, tons of unallocated extra income, and the desire to jump back in full-bore. However, for now, I am in that hobby downturn called full life. It happens. It makes me a sad panda, but in the end, I am happy that I can cut the connection easily enough. I am happy that after being so immersed in this hobby for so long, I can still derive joy out of the simple things like holding my boy and going on a date with my wife, even though a 3-game tournaments is happening at the same time at my LGS.
That is where the hobby should ultimately find itself prioritized.
Thanks for listening to this bit of mental vomit. I hope it isn't too depressing. I plan on continuing to blog and continuing to hobby, just not with the increased frequency that I have had in the past. But, that's okay with me.
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