THREE THINGS 2020.3

ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS

I’ve written about Animal Crossing before and most likely talked about more than enough on social media through the years and guess what? I’m going to do just that again.

A more in depth review will come at some point in time, but for now let me just say that I’m settling into the new Animal Crossing very well. They’ve made good and necessary tweaks with how you play the game and manage your inventory. The whole crafting thing is a bit interesting, but I am going to wait it out and see how it feels later in the game. I will say that I wish that bridges and ladders were there from the start of the game instead of them coming a week or so after you start. But overall the game’s got that charm and peaceful quality that I’ve come to know and love with the Animal Crossing series. Real life is usually not all that it’s cracked up to be (especially these days) and Animal Crossing provides a glimpse as to what life should actually be like. When I think and speak about utopia, imagine it to be a real life version of Animal Crossing. My hope is that Covid-19 will cause a mass movement where we reevaluate what we are and what we do. In this corner, I’ll be pushing us all towards an Animal Crossing-esque society.

If you’d like to visit our island, please add me as a friend on Nintendo Switch Online!

I’M (NOT) BROKEN

Let’s count this THING as two things:

  1. Pantera is a great band. They have their own sound. It’s metal, but it’s Pantera. I can’t think of any other guitars that sound like that. It has an unmistakable groove. It’s not a groove that makes you want to shake your ass, but it is a groove that makes you feel something. One of my greatest concert regrets was not going to see them live in the late 90’s with my friend Rob. I don’t know why I didn’t go to the concert, but I do know that I should’ve gone.
  2. Their song I’M BROKEN came up a few days ago when I was reading an article on their career. I gave it a listen and at the time I was having a particularly not that great day. I was letting things at my day job get to me. Of course I couldn’t help but ask myself “am I broken?” because of the song. I gave it a lot of thought and I came to the realisation that I am not broken. It’s fine for me not to fully jive with my work at the moment. As I’ve said before, work should not and will not define me and ultimately be the thing that decides if I am happy or sad. Work will be work. I will do it and then I will not do it. I will put good things into my work but I will not put so much that it destroys me. There is nothing wrong with this way of thinking and acting. It does not mean that I am broken. It means that I am normal.

THE PREPARATION OF MORNING TEA

Most of us are in some form of lockdown, isolation, or bizarre moment in time where things don’t make much sense. Lots of people are sharing ideas on how to manage this and I like this idea. Here’s where I will contribute to that: I find a lot of joy in the simple tasks that we do through our days. I am finding that to cope with the world at the moment that these tasks are even more important.

One of my favourite things to do is the preparation of our family morning tea. Each person in our family has their own thing. Haley likes no sugar or honey but a lot of milk. Finn prefers it “Mary Ann Hoenke” style, with some milk and a nice dose of sugar all mixed together with a metal straw. Aero has the most creative recipe, sugar but not mixed with milk and a metal straw. For me I’ll go with sugar or honey mixed with a little milk. Aero has his red flower cup and I have my green Fiesta mug with a small defect on the handle. If there’s any reason why I can’t prepare our morning tea, well now you all know how to do it and will be expected to step up.

The routine of preparing the morning tea gives me purpose. I have a task, I do the task, and then I deliver the goods. The delivery of the goods is rewarded with a smile and happiness. There is no bullshit, no baggage, and no bureaucracy involved in the preparation and delivery of the morning tea. I think about how we can all take the act of preparing morning tea and apply it to the world. How can we make it easier to do the idea or task? Can we all say YES and go for it instead of a meeting or a procedure coming first? The real authentic idea and action is what matters, not the bullshit we saddle onto it. That bullshit dilutes the original idea and energy and what we’re left with is a lot less time and energy to carry about the original idea. Capture the moment. Do the task. Make the idea come to life.

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