Happy new year, everyone! I hope the year has started off pleasantly for you. I’ve just been working on revisions to G&G and relaxing. I have a tendency to play mindless games when I relax. You know the ones. Candy Crush, Diner Dash, Papa’s Pizzeria. Pretty much anything with an alliterative name is bound to be mindless. Match three games or hidden objects games or time management games. The types of games that give you something to do with your hands and pretty images to stare at, but require little to no deep thinking. However, some people don’t really understand why I play them and even pick on me for it (in a funny haha way, not a mean one), so I thought I would explain a little bit.
Mindless games are simply a way for me to shut down my brain and stop overthinking things, especially when I’m dwelling on something. They allow me to focus on something mundane and ignore the voices in my head for a while. When I’m upset at life or stuck on a story or whatever, the games help to clear my thoughts. It’s kind of like when you get sucked into a TV show or a movie or a book and everything else fades away for that hour or however long. It’s a way to bring peace into my head, like my own little meditation. When your brain is constantly on high speed over the stupidest things, it’s a really nice feeling to just relax.
There’s also this weird side effect of mindless games that I don’t get from TV or books: I find solutions to plot problems when I play. With TV and books, I have to focus on their plots and follow along. Mindless games don’t require that much interaction, so my subconscious is free to roam wild. In its roaming, it finds solutions to problems organically. It finds things I would never come up with even after hours or days of plotting. I know a lot of people who have these revelations in the shower, and others who keep dream journals for this type of stuff, but not me. Mindless games are where it’s at for me.
So, laugh at my stupid games all you want, but there’s a method to my madness. Plus, and this is important, I enjoy the games. I like matching games. I like the games that simulate tasks like waiting tables and cooking and all the other stuff I can’t do. It’s fun and stupid and makes me a huge nerd. I fully accept that.
Do you play any mindless games? How do you go about clearing your mind? Do you find your aha moments in the shower or driving down the road or in your dreams? Thoughts, comments, questions, and everything in between are welcome in the comment section here or on my social media pages.