Coping with the inability of consuming media in a proper way.
Ever since I can remember I have always consumed media. The first big thing for me was my beloved N64 (which currently resides in a chest). I remember playing the bejesus out of it. From Super Mario 64 to Super Smash Bros. passingly through Pokémon Stadium and many others. The things is everything was fine since this was the only media I was consuming at the time, but everything changed when new things started to pop up.
New video games, PC, TV shows, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, books, articles, movies, Netflix, podcasts are part of my daily life now. The thing is, I can’t handle all of these at once even when I think I can. A perfect example are books, and maybe this happens to others as well. When I suddenly get interested in something new to me, I always have a need to really dwell myself in that. The thing is I’m almost never able to complete something I started!
Be it a book, a magazine or even a game, I find it hard to complete the damn thing, and I feel terrible about it! Take for example the excellent ‘Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch’ (a PlayStation 3 exclusive JRPG). This is an amazing game that really draws you in but I stopped playing it once I suddenly wanted to read ‘The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, a series I never completed because I had the sudden urge to buy every Carl Sagan book I could find. Did I read them all? Not yet.
I’m not sure if this can be classified as a case of ADHD (I doubt it) or if I lose interest too soon in things I like, but it shouldn’t be this way, right? Why can’t I focus on the things I like/love one at a time?
There are currently three books I’m reading at the same time, a plethora of games (as a gamer I feel a bit ashamed) and even an opened “Settlers of Catan (America something something)” box which I didn’t care to even read the instructions! But there’s one thing I’m better at: Binge watching.
If there’s something I can do well is watching Series I put my eyes on while browsing Netflix. Maybe it’s because watching a series is something very passive, all you have to do is press play and you already planned out the rest of your evening. This is a blessing in disguise since I find myself sleeping at 2am more often than I’d prefer.
Still, I don’t finish every Series I start on Netflix and it makes me feel as if I’m unable to commit to something, even something as silly as this. Even this silly rant took me a week to complete and it’s not as if I’m writing something complex or really meaningful.
I guess I just have to find a way to get things done one things at a time. The real issue is how I can achieve this.