Tonight I went out to a bar for a going away party for a friend. This particular bar is actually half arcade with really old-school games. I happened to get 1st and 3rd top scores for Donkey Kong while there, and managed to stay much longer than I thought I would.
Here’s the thing- bars are not even close to being in my comfort zone. They’re loud, they’re hot, and they’re full of people. However, because this bar was half arcade, I was totally willing to go, especially after my work schedule crushed my ability to help aforementioned friend move across state.
I’m not your typical gamer, and by that I mean I pretty much only play laid-back games and older Atari games. Because of that, it was a little easier to adjust to the bar scene when these types of games lined 3 walls of the place. My boyfriend and I made our way around, playing Millipede, Dig-Dug, Tapper, Tetris, Galaga, Paperboy, Pac-man, and Donkey Kong. Fixating on games made conversation with the other people in the party a lot more relaxed with less silence than I thought there would be.
I suppose the purpose of this post is to let you know that it IS possible to leave your comfort zone and it IS ok to enjoy yourself in those awkward situations. Just because it may be uncomfortable doesn’t mean you can’t find the good in it, whether that be getting a high score on a game or actually making conversation with people.