Heroes are (always) grown-ups.
So, why do only kids want to be like them?
Do you remember these times when we were kids and everything was an adventure? They were exciting, right? Everything was a challenge. We were like Indiana Jones junior who had to fill the white gaps at our imaginary map.
So, frankly, what happened? Did we really filled up all these white gaps already? Did we solve every quest and did we really overcome all challenges? Which time did we became librarians instead of explorers?
We still have the thrill of a good challenge, the desire to win, haven’t we? And if the allure of these impulses is somehow wired into human nature (no question about that), what happened to reality?
Real-world activities and the game-like environments — that we love to be involved in — have much more in common that you might think. The have goals & rules. There is some kind of mission and we can decide if we want to take that mission or just go on.
So, why is it that we are so engaged while playing games, doing sports, or performing in hobbies but often it is so exhausting to do your job? No, it is not that we don’t want to work hard and we just want to avoid entering a commitment.
Did you know that we play games to chase our better selves? A game, with all its goals, rules, information-transparency, and real-time feedback is just the most honest tool on earth. Nowhere else do we fail so obvious, so often, and merciless. And still we love it. Because we know, by nature, that failing and learning are deeply interwoven. We even ‘lust’ for this kind of situations. They let us progress.
But in a world like today where most direct risks are disposed, are we still humans with a psychological and even physiological predisposition to engage in more direct and also honest environments that shaped us during the last hundreds and thousands of years.
Yeah, right, we are grown-ups. So? We are still the same species and the world is still complex, challenging and full of quests, riddles, surprises and fun. And I bet that there is still a princess out there that has to be saved from the dragon. Probably they look different nowadays — but hey, that’s the magic.
So, here is my challenge:
Once in a while, to lead us back to these exciting experiences, I’ll look for ways to conform existing procedures with our natural desire to master objectives. And perhaps I’ll even find your personal platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station.
But if you don’t want to wait for this, just follow your kids. They know the way, (yet).
Know someone who needs to think outside the box, again? Next time you think about them, sent them this article. I would really appreciate that.