Re: [stella] what hobbies are good for

Subject: Re: [stella] what hobbies are good for
From: John Redant <johnredant01@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 12:04:56 -0800 (PST)
For my situation, the who point of doing what I'm
doing (the Atari Game Production course) is because I
think it's a fun idea. It doesn't mean I expect it to
be easy. But that's what you have communities and
resources for. If there are problems or obstacles to
overcome, there's always someone to talk to.

--- Glenn Saunders <mos6507@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I don't know if this has any direct bearing on
> Chris' situation, but I 
> think it's worth saying anyway...
> I am a strong believer in the importance of hobbies
> to the human condition.
> For me, it's very therapeutic to provide myself a
> little haven where I can 
> crawl into and be creative and have 100% control
> over what I'm doing while 
> I'm there.
> If it weren't 2600 programming it might be music
> recording or another video 
> documentary or a computer animation project.  It
> would be SOMETHING.
> That was why I did the first Starpath CD.  My daily
> life at the time SUCKED 
> and it was something I could focus in on and nudge
> forward and ultimately 
> be proud of completing.
> Most people's careers involve compromises of some
> type.  When I was a kid I 
> dreamt of being like Peter Jackson, being the Lord
> of the Rings 
> auteur.  That dream fizzled when I realized I didn't
> have the mettle to do 
> the Hollywood shuffle.  So what do you do with your
> sense of disappointment 
> when you find yourself locked into a steady career
> that is not exactly your 
> dreamjob?
> A lot of people just allow themselves to get
> depressed about it.  My 
> approach is to maintain that tiny little space, even
> if it's just a few 
> hours a week in the middle of the night, where I can
> focus on my 
> hobbies.  If you are single and childless and have
> any interests at all you 
> have no valid excuse not pursuing them, I'll tell
> you that!  Time is a 
> terrible thing to waste, as the Pink Floyd song
> goes...
> You know those stories about eccentric guys who
> spend decades building 
> castles in their backyards stone by stone and things
> like that?  I'm like 
> that.  People like that can be the butt of a lot of
> jokes while they are 
> working on these things, but the bottom line is that
> they are transcending 
> the limitations of their lives.
> This is the kind of thing we used to do all the time
> when we were kids.  We 
> had to transcend being a kid.  We built treehouses,
> did slot car racing, 
> joined a garage band, whatever.   But slowly the
> creative impulse gets 
> beaten out of you where you are expected as an adult
> to do your dayjob, 
> then go home crack open a beer and veg out watching
> Cops or something.
> That's very stifling.  When you have a hobby project
> you can see yourself 
> passing milestones, ever so slowly, even when you
> are basically just 
> counting days on the calendar at your dayjob.  It
> really helps give your 
> life more meaning.  And beyond your kids (if you do
> have kids) it helps you 
> build a monument of your works that can outlive you.
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