|Laptops (Photo credit: Guillaume Paumier)|
We play the game for 3 hours. We have a wonderful time. But when we decide to call it quits, your battery is 100% charged. My battery is drained and my computer is about to shut off.
That means I can't play another game until I have a chance to plug my laptop in for at least a few hours.
It does not mean is that I didn't like the game, that I shouldn't play the game, that I'm mad at you for wanting to play the game.
It does mean that I can't play the game as often, that I need longer breaks between playing the game, and that I should probably be smart about when I play the game, because I might need the computer for work shortly after. And it means you should probably play the game with someone else for a while until my laptop charges up a bit -- and I'm OK with that.
Is it insulting your intelligence to decode this metaphor? I feel like it might be, but I'm going to do it anyway, so I apologize in advance.
The laptops are our minds, or personalities. The batteries, aptly, are our energy levels. The game is any kind of social event. Your computer glitch is extroversion -- the social event adds to your energy. My computer glitch is introversion -- the social event drains my energy. I still enjoyed playing the game; I still like social events. But I need to recharge before I play/attend another.
So here's my advice, both within the metaphor and in real life: Go do your thing. I'll be here, reading fanfic while I charge up, and pretty soon, we'll be able to play again.