Have you ever played a game where you’ve gotta take care of yourself and an NPC? Have you ever had to step up and be the rock, the support, the voice of calm and reason? Did you ever feel like you weren’t equipped for that? Have you ever helped others so much you’ve run yourself into the ground? We’re talking today about how to be there for others while keeping an eye on your own mental, emotional and physical health. Continue reading Escort Missions IRL: How to look after yourself while looking after someone else
Post PAX blues hits about now. Do not be alarmed.
— Robert Khoo (@rkhoo) November 2, 2014
It’s been 10 days since PAX Aus 2014 ended. Does it feel longer or shorter?
After PAX (or other awesome gatherings of like-minded nerds) there’s a point where you come down from the high and the excitement. A lot of people feel hollow or bereft after PAX. It is known.
So what can you do about it?
Well, first off, let’s reframe. You’ve only got the blues because you just spent hours or days among your extended family of nerdkind revelling in each other’s company and sharing great experiences and memories. You had an awesome time. Don’t forget that :) Yet, remembering it and how normal life is so unlike that mystical time can get you down.
So we need to do something. Here’s a few ideas:
- Connect with fellow nerds online
- Share memories, photos and stories
- Join or create a regular nerd gathering
- Work on cosplay or plan for next year
- Make the most of every encounter
I haven’t had conversations this deep with some “real life” friends in years.
Life. Feminism. Politics. Health. Charity. Religion. Penny Arcade. Pins.
We’ve chatted about all these things and more for the last several months. His username’s a string of insensible characters giving no real impression of the guy behind the handle.
This article is a small tribute to how real and lasting random connections online can become. Towards the end, I’ll give you a few tips for developing these friendships.
Guardians of the Galaxy opened this week and proved to be a really fun movie that still manages to teach us about friendship, surrogate families, dealing with your lot in life, communication, supporting each other and unlikely heroes.
We already talked about missed opportunities, like the one young Peter Quill has at the start of the film, so I won’t recap that here. Instead, enjoy a lightly spoilery run down of 7 tips from Guardians of the Galaxy about making the most out of life.