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Level Up

Video games can be an interesting place to find motivation to make your life what you want it to be. On one hand most games cast you as the hero, the chosen avatar meant to be the savior in a story. On the other hand, there are times when you have to make choices between spending time playing games, and spending time on things that you'll have to do to achieve things you may want out of life. As with pretty much anything in life that can be enjoyable, finding the balance that works for you is the key to having the things you love be an enriching part of your overall life. You can learn a lot of things from playing video games, like problem-solving, team work, and persistence. The hard part of the equation is taking those things you learn, and applying them outside the context of the games themselves.

The world is very game-like in a lot of ways, in that the skills you choose to exercise the most often are the ones you'll find yourself improving in.

If you want to be in good health, there are things like self-control and dedication to finding and maintaining a level of activity you're comfortable with. There are situations where the ability to do something to better a situation is well and truly not a matter of choice, but barring that, so many obstacles that stand in the way of life achievements are mentally self-imposed. The world is very game-like in a lot of ways, in that the skills you choose to exercise the most often are the ones you'll find yourself improving in. If you happen to dedicate a lot of time to a passion, though slow, you will improve. If you dedicate to lamenting your current situation, you'll find yourself only becoming more skilled at lamenting. The impressive feat in a game is to have triumphed over the difficulty and challenges it presented to the player.

Each person possesses a set of skills and unique talents that make them who they are. The trick in a lot of cases is learning what they are, and dedicating yourself to leveling them up.

A person with the persistence and patience required to play and enjoy a punishing game like Dark Souls II possesses an ability to think critically in a rapid and high-pressure environment. Imagine that single-minded purpose directed at a goal outside of a game. Each person possesses a set of skills and unique talents that make them who they are, the trick in a lot of cases is learning what they are, and dedicating yourself to leveling them up. No D&D group needs nothing but mages, or nothing but fighters. The fact that you may have to work to find out what your specialty is doesn't mean it isn't worth working for, because no matter what the outcome is, the reward is experience.

What do you want to level up?


-Fuzzy

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