In almost any video game you’ve ever played, there was always a goal…always a mission: to beat the game.
But what about the game of life?
Is there no goal to life? No final mission? No final boss?
Some may argue that there is a point of life. But there is no way for them to prove this to you.
In most video games, it is easy to prove the point of the game: when you finish the game, then the game ends and you can start over again.
Reality, however, doesn’t really appear to function this way. Even if you believe in reincarnation, then you come back and play an entirely different version of the game without any for-sure knowledge that you actually beat the game before your last character died.
This simple difference between video games and reality has changed my entire outlook on how I live my life.
Imagine, for a moment, a video game that had no end. There was no known way to win and no known way to lose. On top of that, the content of the game is infinite and you could never do everything in a single play through – a single life.
There have been some games that are like this and what I’ve found is that the games eventually become boring. The only way to continue playing these type of games is to either invent your own goal or play the game in an interesting way.
The best example of this type of game is real life.
If you think about it, reality is the greatest game ever invented. It is absolutely limitless. By the time you’ve even experienced .00001% of the game, the game itself has already replaced a million times that content.
And you only get a short time for each play through.
At first, this seems like an absolutely amazing game! But once you’ve played the game long enough, it gets boring.
The difference between the game of life and a video game is that it’s much more difficult – if not impossible – to quit. You can just walk away from a video game. You could uninstall it.
But in the game of life, you have to kill yourself. And nobody knows for sure if that actually gets you out of the game.
As far as we know, this is a game that you have no choice but to play.
And if it gets boring, you still have to play it.
If it gets hard, you still have to play it.
I’ll tell ya…for someone who’s had probably over a million respawns by now, the game has gotten pretty damn boring…
At first it’s pretty fun…but then you start to get older and the milestones in life become fewer and further between.
Then you reach the point of mid-adulthood and you realized there isn’t really any point to life but simply to keep living it…aka keep going to work…keep eating food…keep waking up…and keep dealing with life’s daily challenges.
Sounds like hell on earth to me.
But this is the sad reality of most people on the planet, whether they’re poor or rich.
They play this video game until it gets boring and then they end up just playing it because they have to.
What the hell kind of life is that?
Here we are living in this massive multiplayer role playing game with an infinite number of things to do, be, and experience…yet most of us just go and do the same damn things day after day after day after day.
What is the point of that? Why would anyone want to do that?
The only way to keep any game fun – including the game of life – is to enjoy the experience.
And there are really only two ways to do this:
- Always have something to strive for…a goal.
- Continue to center your life around interesting experiences.
I personally have chosen to utilize both of these approaches in my everyday living. And I feel that it’s the only way for me to not go insane with boredom.
Most people, I think, realize this on a deep level. So they choose goals that keep them motivated. That might be earning more money, having more friends, learning a new language, or even just getting laid.
But here’s the catch: this game is not going to last forever. And when it’s gone, you lose everything your character worked for.
Think about that for a moment.
That means that at the end of your game, you lose everything you spent the entire game earning…
…unless there was some form of currency that can live beyond your character’s play through…some form of energy that you can take with you into the next game.
Well, in my experience studying both earthly and spiritual traditions, I have come to accept that there are two ways by which you are able to transcend your character’s lifespan…two ways to live beyond your death:
Unless you’ve enjoyed the experience here, what point is there to life if you’re doing a bunch of trivial things that will evaporate when you die?
Yet, millions and millions of people do it every single day despite having the ability to choose otherwise.
They live a boring life. They die. The world forgets.
At least if you’re going to die and be forgotten, you may as well do everything you can to have a blast during your short stay here.
The only argument I can make for not just having the most awesomely fun and amazing time that you possibly can is if you’re setting out to transcend your character’s lifespan.
To some people, this might mean working tirelessly day after day to impact the world and help make it a better place.
To others, this might mean engaging in spiritual growth by creating positive karma that will follow you into the next play through.
Why would you live any other way than one of these two? And if you choose not to live either of these ways, why wouldn’t you just have fun and enjoy the ride?
I mean, it just makes sense…
It’s so dang simple.
And, yet, I see person after person living the same, old, boring, tired, and disenfranchised life.
They go to a job they hate about and complain about Mondays.
Then they say the phrase that I personally can’t stand: “thank god it’s Friday.”
It’s even got it’s own abbreviation…like LOL, WTF, and OMG.
We have a culturally accepted abbreviation for the notion that people are glad be done doing what they spend half their lives doing.
That blows my mind.
When I hear people say “TGIF,” what I really hear is, “Thank God the thing I have spent 5/7 of my week on is now over…now I get to have 2/7 to myself before I have to waste another 5/7…”
I can’t believe people would do that for more than, like, a week before they realize that they’re wasting the only thing they’ve really got, which is time.
Because, the thing is…people who say that are lazy. They’ve trapped themselves in their own lives. If you need to work a job, there is nothing wrong with that.
But the person who works a job because it’s part of their mission, or because they need to meet a goal, will rarely complain about Mondays and will rarely say flippant things like “TGIF.”
It takes a special kind of person to wake up, go and do something they hate for eight hours, come home and watch television, repeat for five consecutive days, get two days off, and then do it all over again.
Yet, this type of person is not special. Folks are out there doing the shit out of this kind of life.
I can’t believe that people would do that for 10, 20, or even 40+ years!
My wife worked at a 9-to-5 for a brief stint, before she had to quit because it was consuming her soul. And her manager told her, “Look, you’re young. You’re free. Don’t get stuck here like me. I’m trapped here. And now I can’t get out.” Then, after thinking to himself for a few seconds he said, “But it’s okay…I’m almost retired now.”
And at this point my wife asked him how long he had left.
“Only about 12 years.”
Hahaha what the hell man!?
“Only” about 12 years!?
12 weeks seems like an eternity for me when I’m doing something I can’t stand.
How in the world are people living like this?
It’s perhaps one of my personal seven wonders of the world.
I’m blown away.
If you’re doing something you don’t want to do, then just quit.
Stop doing it.
If you need to save up money, then save up money. And do it aggressively.
Somehow you have to find a way out, whether it’s now, in six months, or in two years.
I don’t believe that it should ever take more than a few years to get your life where you want it and be able to replace all of your income.
If you put your mind to it, you can do it.
Because, as I said, there really is no point to your life unless you’re helping the world grow. This means pushing yourself and others to ascend consciously, thus helping the world move toward global peace and cooperation.
I cannot make an argument for a more valid way to live.
Because if you’re living for a better world, then you’re also living for fun, friends, family, love, happiness, etc. The only thing you have to sacrifice is your own fears and comfort zone.
If you’re not fighting your own battles with the intention to win, then you will always lose. So fight your battles. Win your battles. And then help others win theirs.
It’s that simple.
Live for today, yes, but also live for tomorrow…with the hopes that tomorrow can be better than it is today.