Day 1 – Pangs of Withdrawal


At the risk of sounding like a spoiled first-worlder, I woke up this morning with the thought of “What did I get myself into?”. Can I really go a whole year without buying any fun stuff? Despite owning tons of titles I have yet to delve into, I seem to be feeling minor withdrawal symptoms.

I’m definitely going to miss the aspect of searching for, discovering, and acquiring new content. I do that a LOT. Like every day. I don’t necessarily buy every day, but I’ve made a sport out of scouring YouTube and gaming podcasts to learn about my next favorite game. I watch the latest movie and television trailers to figure out which upcoming stories are sure to give me a fantastic world to obsess over and feel emotionally connected to. I spend hours on GoodReads reading reviews and studying series and authors to see what might be a fun adventure to delve into next.

I think even though I look forward to actually playing / reading / watching what I’ve already spent hours finding, part of me will miss the hunt. I plan on making lists of items I intend to buy next Thanksgiving. Hopefully by then I’ll be finished with enough of what I own that it’ll actually be a refreshing cornucopia of new stuff, rather than just heaping on more and more that will sit on my to-do pile (which is more what I do now).

What do you say?

What are your coping strategies for dealing with a self-imposed fast of some kind. Do you still “window-shop” the items you can’t partake in, or do you steer well away from them?


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