Be Awesome

Look, our forefathers died for the "pursuit of happiness," okay? Not for the "sit around and wait of happiness." Now if you want, we can go to the same bar, drink the same beer, talk to the same people every day or you can lick the Liberty Bell. You can grab life by the crack and lick the crap out of it.
--Barney (HIMYM)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Live Life Like a Video Game

Over the past few weeks as I've been spending time with lots of friends and family as I began to make my departure from St. Louis, it made me think more about the value of time and how we should most efficiently be using it.  In relating to one of my favorite pastimes, video games, I think there is much to be learned on how to most effectively live one's life.

Typically, people get into a certain routine or daily grind of their daily life.  Time is spent working and then coming home to watch TV, play games, or spend time with friends.  Not all that time is spent doing something necessarily productive or useful, sometimes, it's an activity done mostly to just kill time.

In a video game such as the Sims, for example, you live the daily lives of you avatars but that time is spent raising skills or building relationships.  For many players, you want to develop your character in the most efficient manner as possible to quickly advance their lives and careers.  Lots of your time in the game is focused on building and maintaining relationships with other characters.

You want to make the relationship bars go green.
Some relationships though can withstand both time and distance.

Or in other games, the objective is to "level" or grow your character and embark on various quests or adventures.  Going on these quests and completing them will provide rewards to your character or will gain you that certain achievement.

Always a new adventure.


So wisdom to be learned, especially so as embarking on an adventure as a FSO is to be conscious of your limited time, spend it with those you care about, and be prepared to take on that next big adventure.  In essence, live life like a video game.

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