Family, Games, and Inaction

Thank God for having a schedule, and needing to get a post out every Friday, barring exceptions (like last week when I was in Taiwan, or, unfortunately, next week when I’ll be in Osaka). It keeps me creating. While I can’t say I’m happy with what I write in the moment, I’m usually happy with it when I look back at it. And even if I’m not happy with it, perhaps it is useful for someone else out there. Hopefully, that someone is you.

On Tuesday, my family arrived from back home. It’s been great having them around, and with only a few days under our belt, we’ve already had some pretty big and serious discussions on topics ranging from government regulation of businesses to abortion. I forgot how easily political topics can pop up and how easily it is to debate them without anger in my family, in spite of some very opposing viewpoints.

Yesterday, my family came to the elementary school and spent more than half the day with the kids. It’s always a good experience for the students in this tiny town to be exposed to people from the other side of the world. Even though I’m also a foreigner, I’ve been in Japan long enough that my existence is essentially normalized. My family, on the other hand, was something new and different, and hopefully an experience that they’ll remember.

Next week we head out to Osaka. In order to go, I’ve had to use the rest of my vacation time. That means, from now until August, no vacation for me. Still, for most people, vacation is a rare privilege. When I think about that, I feel blessed that I had as much as I did to begin with.

I’m struggling to put the finishing touches on Shichikashuku II. I mean, it’s basically 99.95% done. I just need to play though the game once or twice more to make sure it feels even better. Then, I’ll write a postmortem on the game and what worked and didn’t with my students.

More than that game, though, is game development in general, and that fear that I won’t have enough skills in enough time. I’m really looking to push a premium game by the end of the year, but with less than 7 months to go, I feel as if that’s not really achievable. Regardless, I’ll keep trying.

My time in Japan is coming to an end, at least for now. There’s so much I still have left to do. Sometimes that list paralyzes me.

But I’ll probably be back. And that keeps me moving, because knowing I don’t need to do everything in the next two months means I can just take things as they come.

Don’t stop. Keep moving.

But, sleep when you can. Sleep is pretty sweet.

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