Growing up, I loved playing video games with my friends until...
We figured out the game.
Sure, there was a sense of accomplishment, but that wore off quickly and then we would get bored with the game. We knew exactly what was going to happen and when.
(At some point, I also figured out real life was more interesting, but that's for another blog post.)
In a recent e-newsletter, I talked about your anxiety and concerns and how to deal with them. As a 12-year-old kid, video games were enough to cause me anxiety and concerns. It seems trivial now, but it wasn't for me and my best friend. Beating that next level easily trumped homework and sleep.
So what do your anxiety & concerns have to do with video games? Good question.
Think of your life as the ultimate video game.
It's one you never fully figure out or beat.
One that will always include your anxiety and concerns.
But in return, it will NEVER become boring.
There's a lot in our life that we can't control and that causes us anxiety and concern from time to time, but consider the alternative.
What if you knew exactly how the rest of your life was going to unfold?
It sounds great at first. After all, you could plan out the rest of your life. But where's the fun in that?
The uncertainty of life that causes us anxiety and concern is what ultimately makes life interesting.
Your anxiety and concerns are a small price to pay in exchange for a life that's never boring. Life gets better when you stop trying to beat the game and instead focus on moving up a level at a time.
Make sure you're enjoying the game. You've only got one life.