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Sometimes, when I'm feeling nervous, I try to comfort my inner child by showing her stuff that she would have been amazed by. Remembering how I would have felt, if I'd gotten to see (for example) a handheld console that looked like my Game Gear* or GBA, but was much more powerful than even an N64.

My inner child is still afraid of anything that isn't sufficiently Mormon, though, so I also have to reassure her that stuff like cute visual novels isn't going to corrupt us or hurt anyone. ^^;

I don't think she's a literal person, so much as that when I get anxious I kind of regress to when I was living in fear all the time. Then I have to coax myself back out, or at least try to make myself comfortable enough that I start to feel better.

Writing Prompt

Does anyone else (not) do this? What sort of things comfort you? For us it's toys, games, and especially electronics, because we were privileged to have access to things like computers from an early age. And they were our escape.

* I bought it when I was 10, with the prize money from winning a regional spelling bee, and carried it with me everywhere. Even though I couldn't afford batteries (6x AA batteries lasted like six hours in this thing), and had to rely on AC and car adapters. It was my treasure.

Date: 2017-06-15 04:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spirit_zone
I guess old MST3K episodes would be my comforting thing. They take me back to when I was fourteen or so and put me in a place that feels safe and secure.

I remember the Game Gear! I didn't own one, but I remember playing it in stores and maybe borrowing one with a couple of games at some point. It did munch batteries, but then so did the TurboExpress, my friend's ultimate toy and the coolest handheld I'd seen back in 1992.

Date: 2017-06-15 06:35 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Yes, I do things to soothe my inner child. More writing...maybe later.

Date: 2017-06-15 02:31 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Yes, I absolutely do this.

Young!Six is a mirage, of sorts? A thing half memory-state, half emotional truth, that cannot be called forth at will but must be coaxed, if not already present. Not entirely like a character I interact with mentally, but not entirely unlike that either.

For me, it's part magnificent toys that I would've loved or reading about the things I'd have wanted, if I knew they existed. New science showing things I never thought possible is a good treat.

And if I'm experiencing something that brings forth young!Six in pain, that is what giant, fuzzy, fierce gryphon form is for - either for trouncing things that badly need it, or for cuddling up to something that absolutely will not be run off.

Date: 2017-06-19 02:21 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
That's a big part of it! (Also, model horses, of which I am unreasonably fond.)

*nod* It's not bad to have a dangerous side, as it turns out. In direct contradiction to the people who would like one to be defenseless.

Date: 2017-06-15 03:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chozomind
This reminds me that I need to watch Helloween play Chrono Trigger at some point. :#|

Date: 2017-06-15 03:06 pm (UTC)
chozomind: (Default)
From: [personal profile] chozomind
This has *absolutely* nothing to do with wizards. Nothing at all.

Date: 2017-06-16 04:00 pm (UTC)
chozomind: (Default)
From: [personal profile] chozomind
PFF I mean what even IS a wizard?

Date: 2017-06-27 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] blackswanseer
At such times, I tend to focus on things that remind me of being happier. Books I loved when I was younger. Films too especially. Popping in Disney's Robin Hood (my absolutely favourite movie for 2 million years) or the Little Mermaid, or shows that I watched like The Mysterious Cities of Gold.

I have to be careful though. Sometimes nostalgia can become a blade.

At more amorphous times, I guess I end up addressing myself internally. Lots of cajoling and coaxing and pet names.

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