Playing games, watching movies and TV, reading books and comics – these are all great distractions. Even studying and school can offer escapism. But be careful not to take them to extremes.
I got a job working in entertainment; used it as an excuse to consume tremendous amounts of media. Played too many games, watched too many movies, read too many books… Instead of dealing with feelings, socializing, building friendships – I’d immerse myself in false ones. The relaxation, the escape was fleeting. I’d finish, only to find myself alone again.
The lessons they taught were often not helpful, or applicable to real life.
So often, I’d come home to be myself and I’d feel so alone. I’d do anything to get away from that loneliness. Even this blog is a form of escapism; but it’s also away to think about and confront the problems I’ve had. Find their roots – it’s never too late to pull them out, though they may leave deep scars.
As in drugs and alcohol, it’s best to limit your exposure; even if you work in entertainment. If you find yourself too often giving up on social engagements, time to spend with good friends, then you are playing too much.
Playing with friends is different…but even then, while it may help you interact with those friends, you will learn little about them. It’s not the same as discussing delicate subjects, talking about life, you still may be avoiding your feelings. You need to find those friendships that will last your life.
You have a great opportunity to build your own family; you need to take it.