Last night I sat drawing. The evening had wound down. My husband and I’s routine during the week is simple we make dinner do a few quick chores, before sitting down to down relaxing activity. We often do separate activities, but we like to do them together and we often use this time to talk.
One game he likes to play is Genshin Impact. For those who are unfamiliar with this game it is a third person RPG. You follow a story to rescue The Travelers sister from an evil. This is the basic concept of the game and honestly, I really did not know more than that before last night. Last night this game won major respect from me, and I hope I can share this with the disability community, because what I experienced last night changed my mood from miserable to a lot better and it was such a simple thing.
As he progressed in his game he came to a point where he learned the backstory to a character, Collei. Her story is that she was found and brought to a race in the trees. Collei is special because she is chronically ill. The people if the trees, became her community and helped her. They helped her do what she needed to do to take care of herself. This story went extensively into to story and life with chronic illness including little details like daily life details.
I was refreshing to see a chronically ill character who was given the time and attention to give her a realistic, but fantasy themed, chronic illness. Showing that even with chronic illness, having to be careful and spend extra time resting and devoting to selfcare even so Collei is a hero. She has her community behind her, and she isn’t afraid to conquer the land and help fight evil.
Seeing this made me feel heard. Like for once I could see myself in a character. Like me Collei is always decked in green. She is a type of character that is deeply connected to the land, and she carries a bow as a weapon (archery is a love of mine). To see parts of myself out in the world being represented, feeling like for a moment like I could do anything.
I am hoping to start playing Genshin Impact in my spare time, especially when I need a distraction from the harsh reality, that sometimes being chronically ill, whether physical, mental or a combination, sucks.
So here is to all my friends chronically ill or not. Something to distract you in the moments you need it most. If you liked the post, check out Genshin Impact. Feel free to let me know your thoughts and feelings.
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