Let Go, Let Go, Jump In

Today's title is from the marvelous Frou Frou song Let Go, because today's Reverb 10 post asks: Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? This is too easy for me. I stopped playing the Sims. That may not sound like a big deal, but those who know me well would find this realization shocking. I have a bit of a one track mind, meaning that it gets into the groove of one activity and doesn't let go. I've had a series of borderline obsessions over my life, and the Sims has been a big one off and on for years.

I'd think about it all day at work and drag myself to the gym, mentally kicking and screaming the whole way, and then come home and play every free moment I could scrounge. The sounds the game makes when it starts up is enough to cue a massive, Pavlovian endorphin or serotonin flood to my brain. Nothing personal, friends who were invited over and stuck in front of the TV with Greg while I ignored you, but I was addicted. Needless to say, not a lot of writing was getting done.

I gradually phased them out of my life. Suddenly I had hours of free time in the evening! I now read, write, and cook more, which I much prefer when I actually think about it instead of habitually Simming. I've even shown my face outside of the study when we have guests.

Speaking of reading, I read a book called I Am Not a Serial Killer today. By this I mean I picked the book off the shelf at the bookstore at about 10:00 AM, and did not put it down until I finished it at about 6:00 PM. I even took it to lunch with me, which, as it is a somewhat violent and very disturbing story, I don't recommend to those of you with weak stomachs. The book trailer is here if you prefer a video summary. I can't afford the sequel right now, but I am looking forward to a time when I can. Perhaps I'll receive a bookstore gift certificate for Xmas? Hint hint!

R. E. Stearns