I think I’ve reached a balance point mentally. Maybe that is wrong? Perhaps a better way of explaining my current mental state is, although it tips wildly in either direction from anger/sadness to happiness/contentment, is that it returns to the centre quickly. That is good news. However, I am finding that my mind wanders quite a lot when I find myself with a little time to myself. I can’t seem to focus on much or stick with things easily during my free time. I’m sure everyone has those moments of clarity when they are standing in the shower whereby you have a million and one thoughts flying around in your head, and you know what you want to do with yourself. When I get out though and cool down from the shower, my motivation and concentration dip to pretty much zero. I read somewhere that your mind flows more freely in the shower and similar situations, but I can’t remember the reason offhand. Maybe something to do with fewer distractions?
The journey back into World of Warcraft has been pretty good so far. I finally made it to the level cap two days ago. I do find it relaxes me and the fact my old guild didn’t kick me out or demote me from a co-guild master in the eight months (at least) I was offline is nothing short of amazing. I must admit I do not recognise the vast majority of people in the guild now, but I was welcomed back with open, pixelated arms. It felt pretty nice. Now that I have made it to max level though I do not know what to do. I do want to complete all the zones so that will take me quite some time. I don’t think I will play a lot in the evenings so there will be quite a few weekends to go before I have to decide what to do next. I used to enjoy battlegrounds too. I wasn’t very good, but I did enjoy them so I’ll check them out also. I don’t even know what the current state of PvP is or even if there are new BGs though!
I don’t usually comment on events in the news, but I feel like saying what I think about the current discussion around the causes and prevention ideas of mass shootings. I’ve read many theories and arguments for and against greater gun control in the US and although I am an outsider, I truely believe tighter gun control is required. There is also a lot of discussion around violent games being one of the causes of these shootings. I wholly disagree with this. Why, whenever something like this happens, does a lot of media opinion turn back to this tired old argument? I believe that ratings on games should be followed. There are, in my experience, far too many underage people playing 18+ games. Why do some parents allow this? Anyway, I digress, and since I am on the verge of waffling, I will stop this train of thought here.
To change the subject back to happier things, Vick and I went to Barry Island on the weekend. It was the first time I’ve ever been to Barry Island on the train (at least what I can remember), and although the journey took far longer than it would have by car, it was certainly less stressful. We did encounter one platform guard who was miserable and tried to state that mobility scooters were not allowed on the trains, though. He is wrong, and there are even notices in places where they should be parked on trains. There are size limits obviously, but Vicks scooter is far from massive. We mooched around the arcades, the beachfront and a couple of cafes. It was a beautiful day and when we did start to think about leaving it started to rain not long after so the timing was great. We also bumped into my cousin Robert which was great. Robert is doing an excellent job, and I have nothing but respect for what he does.