As I’m sure most of the avid readers of this blog know, 2019 was a very trying year for me. I slipped into a deep dark place mentally and frankly I was scared that I was never going to be able to pull myself out of it. I spent more and more time by myself and the things that previously brought me happiness no longer did. Life became grueling and bleak. That is until a close friend (Sup Riley) introduced me to a small hobby that eventually grew into an escape for me.
Most people know Dungeons & Dragons from Stranger Things or that game that dorky kids play, I say that sarcastically because it really is a game for everyone who wants a break from being who they are.
The game is simple it’s a table top RPG that’s only limitation is what you allow it to be. You can be and do whatever you want and it’s the most freeing experience you can ever have. In my case, I needed an escape from the hell my life had become and this “game” allowed me to escape life for a couple hours a week. From the first time I played I was instantly hooked and since Late summer I’ve been playing with a group in Woodstock. If you are reading this you know who you are.
When I felt trapped inside my own head this game allowed me to be free, when I felt down it gave me good times with some new friends, and when I felt alone it showed me acceptance. If you are feeling any of the feelings I have listed above I think you owe it to yourself to give D&D a shot. It worked for me and I promise it will work for you too.
As an update, I’m doing so much better since this game has come into my life and I really don’t know where I would be without the couple hours a week that let me escape from reality. Also shout out to Christine and McKenzie for allowing me to pursue my new found hobby and dealing with my D&D podcast that I occasionally listen to.