What Will Always Be Lost

This article is brought to you by the twelfth Blaugust 2020 Promptapalooza topic presented by the awesome blogger SDWeasel over at Unidentified Signal Source: What’s something you’ve lost along the way that you would love to have back?

Loss is an unfortunate part of our lives, as much as I wish it freaking wasn’t. As we age we lose everything from frivolous material possessions to loved ones. And heck, we even lose the very essence of who we once were as time marches on. It’s crazy to think about how much our minds change as we are exposed to different events.

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Unbabbled About Hobbies

This article is brought to you by the twentieth Blaugust 2020 Promtapalooza topic presented by… *checks notes* OMG! It’s my turn to present a prompt already… whoa!!

Ahem. I mean…

Thank you to the great blog Battle Stance for passing the prompt torch to me yesterday! Ze question I’m supposed to ask today is:

Tell us about some of your hobbies outside of the realm of your specific niche.

Be sure to check out the awesome Time To Loot website for the next prompt tomorrow (which could totally be today already on their part if the planet… time zones are fun).

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Crazed Corona Chatter 3: Gym Guilt

It’s good to vent! That’s one of the main reasons why I write stuff, actually. Like most of the world, I’ve been driven completely crazy by the COVID-19 crisis. All other humans in the physical world are potential virus vectors to be avoided. It’s a freaking terrifying time as we watch death counts soar and hunker down helplessly as all our freedoms are taken away for the greater good of humanity.

And so, this “Crazed Corona Chatter” series of articles will be my way to just unload about it when I feel I need to. Sadly, I don’t think this depressing chaos will go away anytime soon.

Feel free to vent in the comments section too. I’m listening and here for ya! We got this.

I don’t want to jinx anything but things are kinda… safely getting back to normal over here?! Wow. *gasps*

It’s true! I am very grateful to be living in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. At the time of this article we have 1 active case of COVID-19 in our province (1,067 confirmed cases, 63 deaths, and 1,003 people recovered) and we’re also on a 11-day streak of no new cases despite increased testing.

I can offer nothing but praise for how well my local government has handled this crisis given the circumstances. Especially when I read about how…. um, not well other governments have handled this.

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Ex-BFFs: A Coping Guide From Painful XP

Many of us are blessed to have best friends in our lives. You know those cool people that we just click with and accumulate wonderful experiences alongside? Having a supportive BFF at your back is seriously the best thing ever.

What is the definition of a BFF, anyway? To me, this is someone you strongly relate to, can talk about absolutely anything with, would punch anyone for, and someone you will always love unconditionally.

They’re there for you in your darkest moments, and you’re there for them in theirs. Merely talking to them makes you smile and gives you comfort. They become as important to us as family members. Soul friends, as one of my best friends likes to put it.

Never in a million years could you ever imagine such a strong emotional bond being broken. Just like in all the cheesy stories, the power of true friendship can overcome anything, right??

Wrong!!

Sadly, harsh reality begs to differ. We are all human beings, and all human beings create drama. Longstanding close connections you took for granted can be nuked beyond repair in the blink of an eye. It’s those feelz, man.

Human emotions are the complex and messy elements in any relationship equation. When incompatible mental health issues meet, it can be comparable to the reactions that occur when fire touches ice or lightning strikes water.

None of these elements are inherently good or bad; they just clash.

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There’s More to Life Than Having Sex

Triggered!! Ahem. This article has been inspired by the always awesome Kim of Later Levels and her superb post from 2019 criticizing a study that blamed video games for the reason why people aren’t having as much of that glorious sex thing. Nowadays you can blame the pandemic for that (ha!) but the root cause of my triggering remains the same in today’s coronavirus infested world.

Finding out about this “study” (I use the word loosely since it implies something professional happened. It did not.) triggered me for several reasons. Kim did a great job critiquing the reasons why the data from the study is flawed (seriously, check out her post). I’m going to concentrate on ranting about the thing that irked me the most about this whole thing: the fact that this study was even done at all.

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Super Happy Love Blog Award Thingy

True love heals and conquers hate and misery, which the world seems to have a lot of these days sadly. When I’m feeling at my worst, trying to help the people I care about and focusing on the positive things around me helps keep my darkness at bay. Yep. I have a lot of things going on right now that make me really freaking sad, but I have a lot of really good things going on now too.

The glass is not half full nor half empty… I shattered it and focused on living in the now. It’s just a damn glass with liquid in it, and is in no way an accurate representation of my overall optimism levels.

Anywho, the super lovely Later Levels nominated me for this lovely Super Happy Love Blog Award created by the super personable Pinkie’s Paradise. Thank you so much! More of these love and positivity things are definitely needed on the internet and I’m honored for the opportunity to partake.

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Novel Notes: Incognito, The Secret Lives of the Brain

If I could go back in time and yell one thing at high school era me it would be this: “Pursue a career is psychology, not electronics! Trust me. I’m you from the future.” Yep. If I ever get a time machine, that’s totally happening. I don’t care how much damage it does to the timeline.

Anyway, I have an armchair interest in psychology and mental health topics these days. Initially, I was a little worried this book would be over my head since I have no formal education in the psychology area. On of my best friends at the time told me I wouldn’t have any trouble with the topics, and would likely enjoy it. And yep, they were right! I also miss talking to them a lot and really hope they’re doing well with the world falling apart and whatnot. Alas.

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Crazed Corona Chatter 2: Survival Mode, Disengage!

It’s good to vent! That’s one of the main reasons why I write stuff, actually. Like most of the world, I’ve been driven completely crazy by the COVID-19 crisis. All other humans in the physical world are potential virus vectors to be avoided. It’s a freaking terrifying time as we watch death counts soar and hunker down helplessly as all our freedoms are taken away for the greater good of humanity.

And so, this “Crazed Corona Chatter” series of articles will be my way to just unload about it when I feel I need to. Sadly, I don’t think this depressing chaos will go away anytime soon.

Feel free to vent in the comments section too. I’m listening and here for ya! We got this.

I have successfully dodged all information from the world’s frenzied media outlets for the past week. I just… can’t anymore. Being constantly assaulted with depressing news is absolutely destroying my mental health. I feel like I’ve lost all my life skillz progress and wore out all the new coping tools my therapist gave me after our last session in February. I REFUSE to devolve into that miserable, angry, heartbroken, self-destructive mess I was again, dammit!

Sometimes detaching from the sources of your pain is the only thing you can do to save yourself.

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#AlwaysApril: ABZÛ Achieved

It hasn’t been a good gaming year for me, but things are thankfully starting to look up! I’m recovering from what I can best describe as depression block on gaming that was rooted in place by a complex sad interpersonal feelz situation, to say the least. Never in a million years would I have guessed the thought of playing video games would one day turn my stomach. My silly brain, lemme tell ya.

Reconnecting with cool gamer communities online and slowly easing myself back into my favourite form of escapism with small doses of good gaming experiences is working out really well for me. So far this year I’ve enjoyed unique experiences courtesy of The Longing (still in progress), The Test, and as of yesterday, Abzû. Hopefully it won’t be long before I’m back up on my feet and pursuing Platinum Trophies again. Ah, the good ol’ days.

Diving back to Abzû, I chose to complete this game yesterday as a spoof of a great community video game backlog event hosted by the awesome Later Levels called #MaybeInMarch. Basically, the event encouraged video game bloggers to rescue the game that’s been in the grips of their backlog monster for the longest amount of time in March. That obviously didn’t happen for me, but there’s #AlwaysApril, amiright?

🎵Under da sea… where the sad feelz and coronavirus can’t get at me!!🎵
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Blogger Recognition Award Thingy

Dawn of the 7th Blapril post… Solarayo is tired. I actually had a long day at work (have to go to my office sometimes for test equipment and I found something critical in overtime hours) and words are hard to type right now. But dammit, I want to post each day in April and I already cheated once so…. let’s do this, I guess.

Zzzzzzzz… wait. What? Post! Right.

Shout-out to the fantastic Frostilyte for awarding Ace Asunder with my 2nd ever blog award thingy. I have multiple words of thanks for helping me stumble through another article on this unplanned 30-day posting journey, while an increasingly terrifying pandemic unfolds everywhere around me.

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