You know that pleasant fallback when everything else sucks, and you just need something warm and familiar? I’m curious what types of things everyone turns to when they need their comfort food (besides actual food). Maybe it’s something that gives enough mental engagement to suck you away from the rest of the world, or maybe it’s mindless repetition that just pushes enough of your buttons to be satisfying and/or soothing.
For me, it’s a couple things. I’ll put on Parks & Recreation on Netflix, pick a random episode, and go. Because sometimes, even if you’ve heard the joke 20 times by now, it just is never not satisfying to see Chris Pratt point to the computer screen and say “Hey Leslie, I typed your symptoms into the thing up here, and it says you may have network connectivity problems.”
As for gaming, for a good time it was the satisfying cadence of popping off headshots in Destiny. But lately, I’ve found solace on the high seas of Sea of Thieves, trimming the sails, finding buried treasure, killing skeletons, collecting animals, and slowly (very, very, very slowly) watching my gold and rep meters go up, all while enjoying a beautiful game world.
So what about everyone else? What are your defaults when nothing else is getting the job done, or you just need a mental health retreat?