Today is a difficult day. It’s the kind of day when all the exhaustion in the world catches up to you the moment you step out of bed. The kind where things that don’t normally hurt you have decided to scream and yell and throw garbage around and even going back to bed won’t make it stop.
We’ve had a stupid weather change lately. Went from having turn-the-AC-on kind of hot to pull-the-heater-out kind of cold in 24 hours and my body isn’t appreciating it. My knees are so sore and stiff you could beat someone with them. Or, as I like to say, they’re so stiff and swollen that they’re like a 90-year-old finding Viagra for the first time. I’m getting horrible shooting pains down my right leg and ankle and can’t seem to find a comfy spot, regardless of how I fidget. That’s been going on since last night so my sleep was bloody awful and that never helps the pain level for the following day. My hands are so stupidly sore today that I’m typing this out of sheer willpower. My body just isn’t a very happy place to be right now.
The problem is that, when you’re in pain, it really tends to colour every other experience you have. I won’t lie. This weekend was one of the best I’ve had in the last year as far as business development goes. I got some fantastic news about stocking my jewellery and learning new skills and really just getting that kick in the bum that I needed, but today I feel very blue. Despite all the good news, there’s a noticeable downswing in my mood today. The business side of things feels a little hopeless thanks to the haze of pain I’m dealing with. I’ve got orders to fill and I’m getting depressed because I can’t use my hands. I want to draw up designs but that involves using a pen. I can’t cut, sew, use my tools and even using the computer hurts. Even doing something as simple as playing with wax to make new ring designs is a little beyond my reach at the moment, but I can’t sit here and do nothing
So how on earth do you deal with these days and still feel productive? Personally, one of the silliest things that works for me on a day like today is Minecraft. Don’t ask me why. It’s not like I can see any results IRL, but here in this little world of mine I can literally move mountains. I guess there’s something empowering about basically being a god within your own little world, more so on a server with friends.
If I want to build a giant gold monument to the eternal penis, then so be it. If I want to make my own little town around a swamp and go about my time terraforming and the like, consider it done. There’s something stupidly satisfying on these poo days about being able to just immerse myself in menial tasks like clearing piles of dirt. I think one of the best things about minecraft is that you can really look back on anything you’ve built with a sense of achievement. Not because you’ve reached some end-game point, but because you’ve put the time, effort and creativity into actually making something that existed only in your mind and it’s now standing in front of you (at least virtually) for you to explore.
I think my favourite part has to be that it only requires a few simple clicks and hand movements to play, so when I am having a ‘cripple’ day, I can still get my kick from having a bit of fun. Creepers are dicks, though.