For the better part of a decade, I used to worry about money. I wouldn’t sleep at night, I would calculate every month’s expenses and income to bits, and above all, I would be super stressed about all of it. That didn’t leave a lot of time to play video games.
I mean, I did play video games, but I felt guilty for doing so. Setting time for them in a schedule didn’t help either. Every time I played a video game, I had a recurring thought: “you could have used that time to do something else. To create a course, to write something that will make you money, to calculate your bills…again.”
I was losing my mind.
Will I really have to give up on video games? Can’t I incorporate them somehow into my life? They always helped me unwind and relieve stress.
Will I have to cross video games off for good?
For 2020 and the next decade, I decided there must be a better way.
Right, I will have less and less free time. We all overwork ourselves to death for money. In a world where we should have worked at creating new things every day, we allowed our time to be bought to survive.
A farmer in the 19th century lived a simple life and didn’t have a lot of money, but woke up refreshed and smiling a lot more than the average middle-class millennial of 2019.
It hurts, doesn’t it? To know that we fucked up so badly that to do something worthwhile in this world, we need to ask for help or be born to wealthy families?
But I digress. My lamentations about money and all the experiences (both good and bad) it enabled are coming to a close. I can now count down ten months (or less if I’m fortunate to earn more than I planned these coming ten months) until I will be debt-free.
I can’t even imagine what it’s like to wake up one morning and not have to think about debt. I’m yearning to experience it.
So, instead of waiting until then, I decided to give myself a new goal.
I decided to stream video games on Twitch.
I know I can’t stream every day. I’m working a full-time job, I’m writing here on Medium, and I also have a short story scheduled to release on my birthday (September) on Amazon. It’s not like I have nothing to do.
However, I owe it to myself to reclaim my gaming habit. But, I also need to reconcile the fact that to make this happen, I need to make at least the minimal effort that my gaming habit will be potentially profitable.
Everything we create is worth something to someone. Perhaps there is a person out there who likes RPGs as much as I do and will view all of the RPG streams I’m planning.
I’m going to thoroughly enjoy playing video games and answer people’s questions in the chat. I’m not doing this for the money. I’m doing this for me. Maybe, one day, the money will follow.
Twitch sounds like an excellent place to start. I have many games to play, and I plan to stream weekly.
At least, in the beginning, I will schedule to stream once a week. I may stream more than once a week later on. But that is an excellent place to start as I get my bearings.
I don’t know where this road is going to lead, but I am sure of one thing: I’m going to enjoy this very much.
Wish me luck.