There are two things that I have consistently participated in since my childhood – surfing and playing video games. Sadly, my dreams of becoming a pro surfer fell short in college. That, however, did not stop me from getting really decent* at winning in the digital world. I have dabbled in many genres of gaming but have come to love RPGs, or Role Playing Games. There is nothing quite like taking a nobody bard from a generic fantasy town and turning him ( I have played as female characters so spare me your sexism ) into the most powerful being in the land. Crushing dragons, orcs and goblins is but part of my journey, as I also pay great attention to the lore of the lands. Eventually you put down the controller and realize you have invested 100 real hours in this world and are told you should feel ashamed by your peers for doing so.
I never do.
Instead I am left with a void in my human form – I like playing as elves in the digital realm because of their intelligence stats – which challenges me to find RPG like qualities in the museum world. Odd you might say, but in reality all I do is handle treasure all day. In fact some of these objects passed through the hands of ancient kings and emperors, some were mined from the darkest tunnels and others were forged in the kilns of the greatest artisans.
Every single day in the museum is like working in the halls of Erebor…minus Smaug. There is no better position than the one that surrounds you with the treasures of hundred of cultures. So even when I am not lost in a fantasy world of magic I continue to boost my stats and level up.
So go forth and find your own quest to get lost in.
* There is a professional gaming league now. People are getting paid six figures to play video games. Because of this I can no longer call myself “good” at gaming.