Harsh Realities: Indie Without Healthcare
What would happen if you were bed ridden for three months?
Could your team finish the game without you?
Will your family be able to pay rent?
(And who is going to feed your cat?!?)
If you got seriously sick or injured, right now, would your career survive it?
No? Then you’ve got some work to do buddy – because if Murphy’s Law strikes, and you get ill at the worst possible time, then you’re fucked.
Here’s the harsh realities:
If you’re seriously ill or injured, you can’t work.
It won’t happen.
You will be so distracted by pain, and bone-tired from healing, that you won’t be capable of doing much more than fantasizing about how much more comfortable things would be if you were dead.
I don’t care how tough you are, how much willpower you have or how badly you need to get these projects done on time so you don’t piss off your clients.
It aint gonna happen. Once your health goes, your career goes with it.
If you’ve been following this blog since it started, way back in the day, you would have seen me posting articles pretty much every week (sometimes 2 or 3 in a week!).
Then, shortly after Thanksgiving 2012, everything got real quiet around here.
No articles. Facebook and Twitter followers were spared my constant linking of things that I find interesting.
I started getting emails from readers asking where I was (You guys are amazing by the way!)
Murphy’s Law got me. I got seriously ill and I wasn’t prepared for it.
Now that I can move about without needing to lay down and whimper, and can think about something OTHER than “OMG OMG OMG make the pain go away!”, it’s time to work out a few strategies for surviving as an indie without healthcare.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a country with medical care freely available to citizens – goodie for you. Go get an antibiotic or something.
For the rest of us, here’s Five Tips for Living Without Healthcare:
#1 DON’T BE FUCKING STUPID!
If you’re allergic to something – don’t eat it! Don’t roll in it. Don’t hang out with it and its sketchy friends.
Don’t jump off really tall objects or be otherwise daredevilry to impress anybody.
Don’t walk around the city at night with your purse open and your jewels out (either kind).
And don’t go swallowing/smoking/drinking substances that EVERY INTELLIGENT HUMAN knows is fucking poisonous and bad for you!
(I don’t care if its fun, relieves stress, it’s your right as a Red Blooded American or whatever. Is it seriously worth sacrificing your entire fucking career for? No? THEN DON’T DO IT!)
#2 SLEEP FOR FUCK’S SAKE!
Do you have any idea what happens to your body when you don’t sleep?
It starts to EAT ITSELF!
Okay, that’s not technically the way scientists say it, but that’s basically what’s happening.
Organs don’t have a chance to repair, so they start shutting down (say goodbye to nutrients and hello to malabsorbtion!! )
Brain cells die off and you don’t get any new ones – you are quite actually getting dumber by the hour (just ask anyone who’s pulled all-nighters only to end up spending the next day fixing all the bugs they created when dumb with sleep deprivation!).
#3 GET OFF YOUR ASS AND GO FOR A WALK!
What the hell do you think you have these arms and legs and tentacles for anyways?
(I don’t know, don’t judge, who says you can’t have tentacles? It’s the future, damnit!)
Your body was built to move. There are all kinds of important physiological things that happen when your body is moving around and stuff.
I don’t care what you do to move around. Your body doesn’t care what you do. SO LONG AS YOU MOVE!
Go for a walk! Swim, bike, dance, boogie, get down wit it…
It doesn’t matter, just get out and MOVE EVERY SINGLE DAY!
What, you’re tired? Your busy? You don’t feel like it?
Remember you said that..when you go bankrupt and have to get a full time job in advertising or something to pay for your medical bills because you were too lazy to GO OUTSIDE AND TAKE A WALK!
For fucks sake.
#4 EAT REAL FOOD, DAMNIT!
Seriously, are you getting paid to be a guinea pig?
No? Then why test all the potential health claims that processed food may or may not lead to a whole range of interesting life threatening diseases.
LEARN TO COOK!
You learned how to make games for crying out loud. COOKING IS NOT THAT HARD!
No, it is not more expensive.
No, it is not more time consuming (by the time you went out, got drive-thru and came back I would be eating cheap tasty healthy home cooked delicious things).
Real food = the kind of stuff your great-great-great grandmothers cooked with. You know. Farmed. Butchered. Baked. That sort of thing.
Not stuff laced with Soy Lecithin, injected with all kinds of factory baked “vitamins” and injected with corn syrup!!
Fine. Don’t want to cook? Move in with someone who does. Oh shit! That means you have to be nice and treat people well and stuff!
DING! You just got better at Being a Nice Person…(115)!
#5 DON’T WORK ALL THE FUCKING TIME!
Stress will kill you.
So go play a game or something.