I’ve often felt as if life is a game, and as this isn’t a unique thought to me I’m sure your familiar or at least aware of the concept. Life feels like a game to me for a few reasons.
As we grow and learn, there are periods of learning, then application of the knowledge into our life, then a period of feeling as though everything is perfect in the world. Until it crumbles and we begin the trudge of up the mountain of learning a new thing.
A game is much the same way, the character starts a journey, fights off challenges and/or foes along the way until there is a test, “a boss” at the end of the level which we have to beat in order to succeed.
Once we’ve beat the level we feel great and all is good. Then we start a new level which is harder and more intricate than what we just overcame.
While most people understand and accept this concept as a whole, I’ve notice we don’t often consider it during our daily experiences. When we face a challenge or a hardship, an obstacle we’re not sure how to overcome we look at this as a singular event.
Often these challenges can beat us down, leaving us feeling tired, sick, drained. Stress builds and can affect us physically during these periods as well. How many times have you felt overwhelmed or dreaded the idea of facing the foe?
Yet if we really experienced life as a game, these situations would look much different to us. When these situations arise we would know we are on the verge of a breakthrough to a new level, a higher version of ourselves.
If we felt we were on the cusp of upgrading ourselves, would we then experience the event with dread? Or would it be excitement?
I too have been taking things too seriously lately which is why I am rethinking my perspective. Life is simple, it is a game to be enjoyed.
All of life is a gift and when we can shift ourselves to experience the “bad” as an opportunity to expand things get easier, exciting even.
To enjoy this game stop trying to understand it, to make sense of it all. We are not the creators of this game, merely the participants.
Keep moving towards those things which light your heart up, focus on what is with you now and do your best in each moment.
We don’t know what the next level has in store for us, so we can relieve ourselves of the stress of trying to contemplate it.
Play the game as it happens, not two steps ahead or behind. And enjoy the process of the game and the wins (success) will arrive.
Keeping ourselves in this gamified perspective in times of ease and distress is an art. Art, in my opinion is best in it’s simplest, original form, and from the heart.