If you know me, you know that I’m huge into tech and always have been. I like finding ways for technology to improve everyday life. One of the things we love in our house are video games. We always have and they were something that really helped us get through 15 months of COVID lockdown.
The boys enjoy playing on our Xbox Series X but I’ve given up on finding a PS5 with the disc drive, at least for now. The point is, we enjoy gaming and the Xbox and PS are amazing gaming consoles, if you’re lucky enough to find one.
At the same time, I’ve recently discovered the value in simplifying my life. Things don’t always need to be high tech or bleeding edge. As much as I love being on the bleeding edge, it’s exhausting and expensive. I spent far too long always chasing the latest and greatest. I managed to snag a Series X on launch day, and spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to get a PS5 in the cart and ordered before they went out of stock again. I do still want to snag a PS5, so if anyone has some info on a restock, shoot me a message. 😉
For the most part, I’m over it and I just want to focus on the simple things in life. I don’t play games nearly as often anymore and that’s okay. Having said that, I do still find games to be distracting and means of escape sometimes. Life can be hard and being able to forget about all the things stressing me out or causing me anxiety, even for a little while is nice.
I’ve found that I’m gravitating to things like simple card and puzzle games. Things that require some thought but aren’t stressful or overly complicated.
I miss the days of classic Solitaire or even Mahjong. I remember killing time in college playing both of these in the computer lab. The other day I stumbled across this site called plays.org. They have tons, and I mean tons, of games that play right inside your browser. A quick search and I found both Classic Solitaire and Mahjong. I spent some time playing these over the last few days and it’s been quite nostalgic. They’re super simple, don’t require any downloads, and they’re totally free.
I just thought it was cool to find this because as I’m trying to simplify my life, this is a nice thing to have access to when I just want to zone out and escape the world for a little bit. One might even consider it a form of selfcare. If you want to check this out for yourself, just click here. I hope you enjoy the simplicity of this as much as I do.