"The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."
Sometimes you just keep on doing the same things because you are heading towards something; far off in the distance, there is a goal that you are trying to obtain. I have been knitting on Caitlin and I have about a foot done now...I have 6" to go. I have brought it everywhere with me this week. When I visited the Doctor I was able to get a bunch done in the waiting room.
This is where my crafting focus is and I have the goal of getting it done by next week.
There is something to be said to be able to follow through with something even if one hasn't completed the journey yet...we spend most of our time in medias res...in the middle of things. Most times it is the journey itself that is as significant as the goal.
In ESO my son wants to be a vampire. This has been one of those rare gaming goals that take planning and conviction. You can only do this when the moon is full which is roughly every 5.5 real-time hours and only at special spawn points. The moon changes phase every real day and goes through 8 phases before it becomes new again, which is 8 real days.
We have yet to see a blood fiend...and we have looked and waited and ran up and down the roads to the places that they haunt. We have a chart of times and a map of locations, we are prepared and not giving up. This is important to him; so it is important to us.
Along the journey, our characters have gotten stronger and learned new things. For my part in things; I have learned to be a better healer and I now know an uber spell that I can cast to heal my party back to full. All this waiting has not been in vain; whether the blood fiends show up or not...I am stronger and I have become better at kiting (keeping the enemy chasing you where they cannot attack you but you can hit them with long-range attacks; the enemy looks like they are on a string...hence the word kite) and strafing (moving side to side instead of forward and backward...sidestepping). I am getting good at dodge rolling to avoid attacks as well.
Gaming has taught me how to live a better and stronger life. We all use tools to cope or to conquer things...each of us has a different path and a different view of life and we have to figure out what works for us. Eating well, getting enough rest, moving and devoting a portion of my day to Spirit all contribute to my well-being. They all make me stronger.
So even in a week when it seems I have done is knit another 6 inches on my Caitlin and search for blood fiends; in truth, I have been creating a better me on many fronts.
Congrats to all the behind-the-scenes things you have done to better yourself this week.