Glass half full? Glass half empty? I dunno…
It’s been a while since I’ve been inspired enough to write something here – I’m surprised that there are still hits coming in. For those who are still looking around here, thanks.
I’ve been trying to keep busy here – been working on some models for Warmachine, playing lots of Star Wars – The Old Republic, reading (finally finished Eldest), and catching up on television programs that I like (such as Game of Thrones). Some days, though, it feels like I’m just getting through the day, other days it actually feels like I’m doing something (semi-?) productive.
One thing, though, that I’ve been told, recently, is that I can be a pretty negative person, especially when it comes to myself. Me? Negative? I never used to think so – I always felt that I was a ‘look on the brighter side’ kind of person. But I do think that my friend is right in a lot of ways – I’m pretty positive… when it comes to other people. When it comes to myself, I tend to be a doomsayer, I think.
“I’m not crazy, I’m just a little unwell…” – Matchbox Twenty, “Unwell”
Yeah, I think I’m a little crazy. Well, actually, I know I’m crazy in some ways, but that’s not what I’m talking about here – I mean insane by Einstein’s definition.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein
Every day, I feel like I do the same things. Same motions at work. Same hobbies. Same interactions with others. And I wonder why things don’t change. I see myself doing the same things in similar situations and while it feels like maybe things will be different this time, eventually things feel like they’re heading back in the same, rather disappointing directions. Although, I am pushing myself this year to do things differently, there’s a great deal of inertia to overcome – the inertia of my past habits – and it’s been an uphill climb.
And further, that positivism that I can offer up to others? Very different from the attitudes I carry about myself. I need to believe I can succeed, in order to succeed.
This all came up over a night of Star Wars talking about PvP, and the capabilities of classes. I was running Arsenal on my Mercenary at the time, a great PvE build, but I was getting murdered in PvP, because its main weapon – Tracer Missile – is a stationary shot with a 1.4 second cast time. I’d get hit while shooting, and not really have anything else I could do once set upon, since the bulk of my abilities have cast times – making them useless when trying to run – and those I could use while running just didn’t hit hard enough. I have a couple of unreliable interrupts, and very little crowd control. Blah, blah, blah…
This topic is not a new one for me, and my friend had pretty much become tired of hearing me complain about my class, my performance, and how I just wasn’t any good at PvP. She told me so, in plain, clear language that she’d heard enough, didn’t want to hear anymore about it, and that if I didn’t like it that I needed to own up and do something about it.
It went a bit further downhill after that, and she pointed out to me, rightfully so, that I – a) am not nearly as poor a player as I portray and think I am, b) that my performance in that Arsenal spec was not as bad as I made it out to be as I had been playing it, c) that I could hold my own against the people we regularly play with, and d) that I wasn’t really playing it as well as I could be, because I wasn’t playing it as what it is – a ranged DPS spec – that I was running in and trying to play the front lines and getting killed for it.
And it’s all pretty much true – I definitely wasn’t adapting in PvP and was just complaining about the poor(-ish?) results I felt I was getting doing it the same way almost every time.
Talking to a couple other people, reading up on it a bit, and actually thinking about it, I realized I needed to change my playstyle in order to change the outcome.
It worked that night – I started trying to survive, and snipe, instead of running into the firefight every time, and lo and behold, my performance stats went up. I earned badges faster. I was able to get more PvP gear. My performance went up as my gear got better… See a trend?
So, with all that in mind, I started looking around online, and I found something that would boost my performance way up in PvP – a new build. A mobile build. One I could go toe-to-toe effectively with people at a distance and up close. Pyrotech build (3/7/31).
It’s an amazing build. It ratcheted my damage up by nearly 200% and my survivability like crazy.
And for the first time in a long time, I felt like I was able to keep up in those WarZones. I wasn’t just going out to die. I was enjoying the fights and doing well.
Now, I’m still not all the way there – I have to learn a bit more on tactics and awareness, but I’m better than I was before I made the switch. And the best part is, after the first time I used it, I felt like I could do this. And that’s the important thing.
And it’s important I remember that, so that I can transfer it to my work and other hobbies. I’m actually painting again, a little bit here and there, and right now, the Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator I’m working on is looking decent.
Learning to persevere and to have some confidence in myself is going to be important for a lot of the goals I have my eye on this year – job, personal, and hobby-related. And this all is a first step – I’m a slow learner sometimes, but it’s really far past time to get over the fact that while I’m probably not going to be the very best at anything I do, that it doesn’t mean I’m not good at what I do, and that I need to determine a realistic level of performance to aim for and to be happy when I reach it.
Old dog. New trick? I think so.
The glass is always full – 1/2 drink, 1/2 air.
My 2 yen,
“Yeah you may think that I’m a zero
But hey, everyone you wanna be
Probably started off like me…
Just go ahead and hate on me and run your mouth
So everyone can hear
Hit me with the worst you got and knock me down
Baby I don’t care
Keep it up and soon enough you’ll figure out
You wanna be, you wanna be
A loser like me
A loser like me…”
-New Directions, Glee, “Loser Like Me”
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