I’ve gotten nothing done today, on account of having recently discovered Battle for Wesnoth. On the one hand, this is bad for productivity. On the other, it is really cool to be able to waste a day playing a computer game and not be in excruciating pain. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to do that. Hopefully this keeps up. Well the being able to anyway, perhaps not so much the actual ratio of gaming-to-work. It’s been a little while now that I’ve been generally comfortable spending most of the day on the computer, whether it’s being productive or not.
It’s difficult to describe why this is a really good thing, outside of less pain being generally good. It’s not just about being able to do this particular thing—it’s about having another thing on the list of Things I Can Do to Relax and Wind Down When I’m Not Working. That list has, for a long time, been really, really short. There aren’t a whole lot of things that fit in the goldilocks zone between “at least some movement” and “but not too much movement”.
Imagine you literally can’t spend too long watching a movie, playing a game, reading a book, or any number of other things that require simply being still for a while. Then imagine that too much exercise is a similar problem. Now make a list of the options that leaves you in terms of things you can do to relax.
It’s not a very long list.
That’s why today is a good thing.