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what do you spend your time on?

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Coming back to Runescape in my mid-20s has made me think more about "free time" or what I spend my time on outside of work. Prior to coming back, I hadn't really invested any significant amount of time into a game since Minecraft back in 2011 or 2012. Most of my time in the past years have been spent with other hobbies like biking, reading, drawing or coding. Maybe piano once in a blue moon.

There's the argument that if you're enjoying doing something, it isn't a waste of time. I'm not sure I entirely agree with that anymore though - there's clearly a difference in the results of spending 100 hours learning a practicable skill versus watching 100 hours of TV.. or Runescape.

I guess I'm not really arguing a point here, but I'm interested to know what y'all's personal thoughts on it and your own "free time" are. I guess it's just a matter of how you live your life. Maybe some of your own tricks you use? I personally find it a lot easier to sit down and play a video game instead of putting in effort on a hobby, but I know personally I get a lot more out of the latter. I've been trying to stick to a schedule (very much like a "one hour games, one hour reading, etc." kind of thing) but it's so hard to follow with no outside accountability. 

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I've found that things that don't seem "productive," such as watching TV shows or movies, can nonetheless be useful in that they enable you to have a conversation with people with whom you would otherwise share no interests.

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Most of the things I did in my free time in recent years I cannot do now because of the coronavirus and being very busy with work.  But sports have been coming back, and I think we will get back to normal early next year. 

After a long day, it is much easier to passively watch television or use the computer than to learn something new.  I do not think you should be upset with yourself for that because everyone else has the same problem. 

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I would also argue that hundreds of hours in RuneScape has taught people a lot, from practicing their social interactions, language acquisition, theoretical knowledge, and so on.

I, personally, want to learn a few practical skills in real life, such as playing the piano, or learning how to properly be a blacksmith. These are real life skills that I want to learn, because I think I would enjoy it greatly, but probably will not have a practical application for.

This year, I have been heavily into Dungeons and Dragons, and finally ascended into complete nerdiness by being the Dungeon Master for two different games. One thing I have realised is that, I have learned quite a bit from that hobby, that overall becomes useful at work, and in other ventures.

Just to share something personal, I guess.. A little over 2 years ago, I managed to get so overworked that I got stress-induced panic attacks around the time I bought a house. Apparently, the total sum of stress, tasks, responsibilities, trying to stay ahead of everything, and being in control of everything, made me run straight into an invisible wall, and it had my mind playing tricks on me.

I can say this... being trapped in your mind, and being frustrated over how slow your brain is and how you cannot talk properly, articulate yourself, or convey simple messages is... frightening. Stress is dangerous if it builds up, and one should never take it lightly. If playing a video game, or watching television, helps you to relax and lower your stress... trust me, that is far better for your life quality, than doing something "useful". A quality life has to include fun and relaxation without obligations, because without a healthy mind, you cannot have a healthy body. Without a healthy body, you will notice your life expectancy to drop bit by bit.

On that note... I think this was such an important question to have raised publically though, because what I often felt in my 20ies was that I just had to go at everything at 100% effort, and then I get to rest later. It took me a very frightening, and painful, breakdown to realise... no, that is not the case. I am not advocating complacency in regards to everything, but one should find a healthy balance in life about what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.

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time enjoyed wasting isn't wasted time

there is a lot more to life than being productive

I play hearthstone in many a 'lost moment, I enjoy that

if your mind tells you you should be productive instead of 'slacking' ask yourself if it's your mind talking or capitalism where everything has to be done for a personal gain...

 

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