So today is Day 25. The first thing I’ll say is that I’m noticing a change in the way I’m looking at and experiencing this Days of New project. For most of the beginning, it was a huge hassel to get myself to even consider a task. Especially on rough work days like today. Typically after a wokr day like today, I would be in such a terrible mood that the only thing I’d want to do is go home and hide in my room. Trying to find something new to do, and taking the time to do it, seemed to be such a drain of energy that I was already almost tapped out of.
This has been changing a bit. Lately I‘ve been finding myself very eager to try the next new activity. This experiment gives me many things to constantly look forward to, and that excitement seems to be almost louder than the frustration of my daily work grind. Today has been another day where work just frustrates and exhausts me. But instead of dreading my activity for the day, I found myself looking forward to it. It is nice to know that even if most of the workday is completely meaningless, I have a time carved out just for me, and that there was more to my day than this frustrating grind. The interesting thing is initially, I felt that these activities were draining me of energy. Now I find that instead of losing energy to these activities, I am actually gaining energy from doing these new things every day. In fact, today I was so stressed that I couldn’t even wait until after work, and chose to go during my lunch break instead.
I ended up visiting “Main Event Entertainment”. It is a new arcade type of place that opened up nearby. It is attached to a movie theater, and used to be part of the movie theater itself before the theater downsized it’s footprint. My original purpose in going there today was to play a game of pool. Once I stepped into the building though, I was pretty surprised at all the different activities there were. I saw bowling, laser tag, a huge arcade, a bar. And something called “Gravity”. I asked a young guy working there what “Gravity” was, and he led me over and showed me to a rope obstacle course that hung from the ceiling. Apparently you have to harness in and can wander around and explore the obstacle course that hangs from the ceiling.
In the spirit of “Days of New”, I decided to give the hanging rope obstacle course a try. It was actually pretty fun, and I’ll admit some parts of it legitimately did scare the crap out of me. At some points I was just walking along a thin rope as if it were a tight rope, high up over the ground. The rope was wobbling and shaking under my feet, and I was gripping my harness tight as I struggled step by step to get to the other end without falling. In theory it shouldn’t have been that scary, but I was never really trusted the sketchy harness I was attached to, which made the danger seem that much more tangible. It was pretty fun though and I was glad to have tried it. It was definitely more fun than sitting at my desk on the internet feeling stressed during my work day.
After the floating obstacle course, I proceeded to continue on my original goal, which was to play a game or two of billiards. The pool tables were located by the bar up front, and it was pretty empty during the lunch hour. Having something fun to do helped ameliorate some of my work stress. I played a couple games and felt a lot less irate by the time I was done. It was a bit pricey though, and I probably wouldn’t have come back to Main Event. But as I was leaving the bartender told me that on weekday afternoons, pool is free. Awesome, I guess I’ll be back!