I've been gone for a few days and return to sooo many new faces and artwork here on NG. Welcome everyone! I hope you enjoy contributing to the site and working together as a community to make NG even stronger than it's ever been.
So the past couple of days I've been chained to my bed from what I understand to be Sciatica (Pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back.). A pretty painful episode that I'm still suffering from as I type this. When it hit me I was still able to walk well enough through some pain but sitting was an absolute nightmare (imagine using the bathroom). I had been freaking out for 3 days about never being able to work again and trying to concoct some way to work from bed. I have a few jobs pending and me and my family are in the middle of losing our home so I need to be earning as much money as I can. At some point during day 3 I realized that forcing myself to work so hard is the same reason I'm bound to my bed. So for the last few days I've focused on recovering and trying to beat Red Dead Redemption 2. I'm happy to say that I'm doing much better than I was the first few days but I'm still working hard to recover as I'm still in pain.
I don't typically like talking about my problems. I feel everyone has enough of them so why vent mine?
Well the reason I bring this particular story up is to warn everyone. Because of my neglectful tendancies towards my phsyical health I seriously injured myself. Not out in the world doing Kung Fu or fucking mad sluts. Sitting. I injured myself sitting.
Let that sink in.
I'm so dedicated to art that I put myself through 14-18 hour streams almost regularly and while I do get up from time to time to stretch it doesn't happen for hours. To top things off I'm not exactly a prime example of an athlete. I'm terribly out of shape and expecting my body to handle all this constant stress is ludicrous.
This year I'm thankful for my body being a warrior taking the constant abuse that I've unleashed on it time and time again. I'm thankful despite my lack of medical insurance my mother was able to get me the meds that have been helping me through this recovery. I'm thankful that this wasn't worse and that it's given me a new perspective albeit from a terrifying and painful experience.
And lastly I'm thankful to everyone I've met over the last two years and the people who've stayed along for the ride since day 1. You guys make creating fulfilling and I hope to get back to it once I feel I'm ready to get back to work.