Life is a game

“Life is a game and we are all the players”.
-Anonymous

Isn’t it so true?

It’s quite profound when you think about it.

For example: I love a game called Heroes of Newerth, or as it’s known to the players — HoN. I’m exceptionally good at the game — If I do say so myself — but it definitely didn’t start that way, in fact, I sucked. Like, a lot. And that very fact is where the parallels begin.

Like HoN, life has a set of laws, laws that can’t be broken. I’m not talking about the laws that we as a society have created for ourselves, in this example, those ‘laws’ are merely rules, they can be broken. No, the laws I’m talking about here are the laws of nature. These are the rules, or the boundaries in which we must play. Things that can’t be broken, like physics, things like what we eat will determine how healthy we are and also things like death. These laws are set in stone.

So, HoN like life, has laws. Then in addition to the laws — that can’t be broken — there are rules that can be broken, but carry consequences. For example, in HoN — because it’s a team game — if you decide you want to go off on your own and try to win, chances are you’ll be killed, and in addition the people you are playing with will also lose the match. See, HoN like life, is a team game. That fact, took me a long time to realize and even so, I still try to play by myself.

It’s true that some of the time, if you’re good enough, you can go off on your own and do some pretty amazing things, that the newly initiated would fail at, simply because they aren’t ‘good’ enough yet. But, more often than not, such rule breaking will result in a loss for everyone involved. Life and HoN are both team games, you must rely on each other, because together you can do pretty cool things.

So, that’s the foundation.

Life has laws that can’t be broken, these laws are the boundaries of the playground you’re playing in. Life has rules, that can be broken, but carry a price.

Now, let’s get to the most important part of the similarities, a lesson that I alluded to in the beginning of this article.

When I first started playing HoN, I sucked.

See, the exact same thing happens with life. But the problem arises when those of us who ‘do’ life and suck at it bury our heads in the sand, or self medicate ourselves because it hurts to suck at something. In a lot of cases, delving into the world of gaming is that medication. So if you suck at the game your playing, guess what. You can get better, and you have an obligation to get better. Because you matter. Everything you do matters, every action you take, or don’t take, carries a consequence. And I know that can seem heavy, but guess what life is heavy, because it’s such a huge gift.

I’m paraphrasing here.

“Don’t wish it was easier, make yourself better.” -Jim Rohn.

Every single thing that is placed in front of you, every challenge — for example, the challenge of not being as good at a game that you wished you were — is there to give you the opportunity to ask yourself this question.

“Who does this give me the opportunity to become.” This is a philosophy that I hold very close.

So, as I was saying. When I started playing HoN I sucked. I didn’t get it. But as I navigated through the 3 levels of knowing, beginning to understand the game on a superficial level through to understanding advanced strategies, I became better, and now today, I win many more matches than I lose, and every loss carries with it the opportunity to learn.

So with that, I would say, like any good game, aren’t we just playing to have fun?

First published on adamspencer.co.

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