I think it was two weeks ago. I was with a friend of mine at the university which we graduated at. There’s a room with a projector and a game console. Among many other titles, we mostly play Mario Kart and Super Smash. We do this perhaps once a month for a few hours. It’s a great way to flush out all the mind stuff that is in our heads for a moment. I especially enjoy these because I also get a dose of nostalgia from my childhood days. I wouldn’t want to spend more than two or three hours a month playing video games, but a few hours are natural investments. We reap joy, we swear and yell at each other, we let our ego be free, we feel sane.
So what does this have to do with the title? There’s a song on Toro Y Moi’s album Samantha which has a verse that goes like this :
You gotta play the game if you wanna change da game.
This is some simple, powerful shit. It makes total sense too. Involvement, engagement, belonging, those are all similar words that describe a feeling of being apart of something that we aspire to. I love this stuff. Think about it. We enjoy expanding our horizons, going beyond ourselves, making discoveries and being amazing. We most surely feel those states of mind when we are interacting with our direct environment. The rewards are not immediate, but here’s something you already know :
Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
Going back to involvement and all it’s synonyms. When we are involved, we becoming involving. When we start the day like we mean business we naturally have other people who are looking for that trait too. In addition, when were acting we are permanently changing the world; mixing with our environment we become one with it. There’s no time for worrying when were always doing something. We hit the bed like a two-ton anvil crashing down from the sky on frail glass, it goes through like butter. There’s no resistance. It’s similar to a concept called occupational therapy. Get busy, lose worry. Win win. I don’t really want to make a point here. I’ve just noticed in the last week that sometimes I have grand schemes in my head, but my body isn’t acting towards them in the moment. I began thinking and realized that I was like a helicopter, the moment my turbine stops I’ll crash down and explode into bits and pieces. I like moving and being involved. I want to play the game. The surest way for having a shot at finishing first in Mario Kart is to at least try the game… so let’s try.