As I drove home from school today I went through my what I need to do for 40k list. Paint the salamanders, pick up my legion of the damned that I'm using as stern guard, put together and convert my drop pod to look like a destroyed pod, finish my table, work on terrain, work on the commissions.....
Then I realized how many time I've done this and how many times I end this list with "...and then I'm done." I was disturbed by these reflections.
I really want to be done. I really want 40k to be a hobby instead of a work list. I have more than enough 'stuff' to do' between picking up commissions and working on my salamanders list and my heavily converted salamander thunder wolf/cold ones army. I really want to take a true break from having to put in work.
How many hours do you spend on 40k? I know I spend more than I should.
Research has suggested that addictions center from OCD. That drive to satisfy a compulsion and the feeling, euphoria, you get when you fulfill the compulsion. Do you find your self compulsorily driven to indulge in 40k, whether it be to hang out at the shop, read blogs, sit on the john and read your stash of codexes, paint..whatever you need to do?
I'm turning over a new leaf. I'm checking myself about my time spent with 40k. I have my to-do list and thats it. I'm happy with the two (three technically) armies I have and my table is almost set up.
It isn't a retirement, I'm just putting 40k back in perspective to real life. I'll still paint, convert, post, everything I used to do. I just wanted to share my revelation with our readers. I think everyone should always check whatever they do and see if it fits into what you want to do or what you need to do and ratio your energy accordingly!