Enjoy the Game
When we were little, playing was an essential component of our life. We played games to learn new things, words, and to entertain ourselves. It was fun, wasn’t it? Nothing to think about—no responsibilities. Do we still enjoy the game as adults? Probably, not.
Certainly, as we grow up, we start to understand that life is not easy. We get out of our family cocoon, and we have to face the first problems—love disappointments during adolescence are probably the hardest to digest. Later, we have to deal with work where we often meet arrogant people who take advantage of their power.
We get attached to the issues we face and we forget to enjoy the game. The attachment we feel towards the people we love and the problems we face makes us miserable.
There are three kinds of people:
Those who have a hard time showing how they feel and saying what they think. These people are obsessed with judgment and they fear that if they show who they are they will be rejected. They wear a mask constantly, and for this reason, they get emotionally drained. This way of living is not playing the game—it means living life as a lie.
Those who think they are honest, but instead they are lying to themselves. These people believe they are doing what they love and that they are truthful. It’s easy to recognize them because they brag—a lot—and they tend to judge others.
Those who always express how they feel, but suffer because they are too sensitive. These people are very open and love sharing their feelings. They are true to themselves, but they get too attached to people and situations—they take life too seriously, and they are over dramatic. That’s me.
Those who always express how they feel, but are able to play the game with the right dose of detachment. These people feel a profound connection with the Universe and understand the meaning of life. Being detached doesn’t mean not feeling compassion—it means understanding that life is temporary. These people want to do good in the world, but they are able to maintain an emotional balance when they experience pain.
These are extreme categories, you might be a hybrid between two of them, or maybe among three. The bottom line is that the way of living of the playful child should always be with us. If we train our mind to think that life is a game, we won’t be afraid to show who we are, we will find the courage to go after our true passions, and we will be able to keep our emotional balance in difficult situations.