AI: Work hard, play harder

AI: Work hard, play harder

I have been told many times by many people that I take my recreation far too seriously, that if I want to have ‘fun’ I need to stop turning all my play into work.  I can somewhat see their point – all my hobbies ultimately become projects with deadlines, whether those deadlines are externally or internally imposed, and they do add to my already-high stress levels – but I don’t think I could stop functioning this way if I tried.  Even the most innocuous activities (reading, plowing through Lost on Netflix) turn into “I need to finish this book/series/game so that I can talk to my friends about it,” and don’t even get me started on writing and costuming.  It’s the feeling of accomplishment that creates a large part of the fun for me, so I’ve mostly made my peace with it, but sometimes it’s a hard balance to strike between enjoying my activities as much as possible and letting them run me ragged. 

Where is the line between ‘work’ and ‘play’ for you?  Do you have a tendency to pick up responsibilities or set goals in your recreational activities?  Does it make it more or less enjoyable when you do? 

The Afternoon Inqueery (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Queereka communtiy. Look for it every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 3pm ET.

By Dae
Dae is a chemical engineering graduate student who aspires to become a mad scientist, but is prepared to settle for being a professor. Her extracurricular academic interests are an ever-shifting list, but currently include temperament psychology, philosophy, transhumanism, and pre-modern literature. She identifies as a bisexual cis-woman, as well as a feminist, humanist, atheist, and roleplaying game enthusiast.
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