Life Is Not A Game


Like many millions of people, I love to play video games. I enjoy them; they’re fun, they’re engaging, they’re distracting. I can easily get obsessed with what level I’m on and how I’m progressing.

It’s good to progress, it feels great to level-up, but lately I realised that I was feeling a sense of achievement, when in fact I’d achieved nothing.

That’s the power of a good game – it makes me feel like I’ve achieved something in my life when, in fact, it’s the opposite. I’ve achieved nothing, or at least nothing that I actually had on my to-do list.

I’m sure many people have things they want to do, things they want to achieve, but getting a certain level on Candy Crush probably isn’t one of them. If that’s what you want, then go ahead and do it. There’s no harm in it. Be my guest.

Ultimately, games make it easy, the designers want you to win. You can progress through a game, you can achieve improvements, you can move on. Yes, they can be infuriating, they don’t want to make it too easy for you.

But they do make it easier than in life.

Life is more difficult; sometimes our achievements are not marked with the trophies and excitement of a video game. Because we don’t live our life on levels our progress is not celebrated with the same consistency. We don’t get stars, level numbers, trophies or stats to show how successful we are.

We progress through life and some of our achievements go unnoticed, uncelebrated, unrecognised, often by ourselves. Maybe because we are distracted, we aren’t paying enough attention, we aren’t focused on what we have achieved. All too often we don’t see how truly fabulous we are.

Maybe it’s time to switch off the console or delete the game; accept that time has been lost, perhaps some money too, and move on.

The game isn’t the issue, and to reiterate, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying them. But if you are frustrated with not achieving your life goals, maybe it’s time to review what the distractions are in your life and let them go.

Like life, accept that you didn’t achieve a goal, that you haven’t progressed, and that you aren’t on the level you want to be on. Then move on.

Progress. Level up.

Image credit: João Silas |

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