Sometimes I have buckets of energy and enthusiasm for the roleplaying games hobby. Other times my vim and desire to play wanes to the point where I question why I do this at all. This is natural and reflects, I think, the general scientific understanding of motivation. Initial steep peaks of enthusiasm are commonly followed by a trough before undulating along like a shallow roller-coaster ride.
What surprises me most strongly as I get older is the speed and severity of the rush towards enthusiasm and the contrasting plunge into despair. One day I can be tearing into a project like a man possessed, excited and filled with visions of the glory of my creation. Within hours, I can be sitting in a puddle of tears wondering why I ever thought this was going to be worth my time.
What is needed, to counteract this ebb and flow of motivation…
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