To create a game is to learn that gaming is more important than your creation. The activity is bigger than the product. The product is a tool of the activity, not the other way around. The same could be said about any creative endeavor.
We live in an interesting world. There is so much to do, so much to see! I'm reminded every time I check my email. Hey, more deals from Travelzoo, Tripadvisor, Groupon, Priceline, etc. etc. Stimulating content is everywhere. Marketing floods our mailboxes, leads the lists of our search engines, and surrounds our shows. Cell phones, tablets, and our connection to the internet keep something interesting, something attention grabbing, within arm's reach. When was the last time you were bored? I didn't ask the last time you had to replace your cell phone. I mean really bored. Bored enough to try something new.
A war is fought, constantly, for your attention. Your attention is precious, and you only have so much of it. Think about it. When do you have a valuable attention span? What do you do with it? We are often left to make due after a long day at work, chores, or "taking care" of family. When do you spend time with what you love?
If there is a war for your attention, and let's say there is! Otherwise...yeah, let's just say there is. Spend time doing what you love! Everything that you love, is under attack! In the battle for attention, we must make it a point to spend time doing what we love. Because when we are not, we are allowing all the distractions, all the advertising, all the junk, to occupy our valuable time. Look around, it isn't just you or me. The clutter is robbing us of time with our loved ones too.
The point is, if you are not standing up for what you love, you are letting it wither. Letting it fade into the background. So many things are vying for your time and the time of others, don't lose the things you love. Maybe you fly kites, maybe you fix muscle cars, maybe you write a column for your local paper. When people no longer pay attention to the activity, what is left of it? When people no longer remember the activity, what is left of it? If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Don't let your thing go quietly.
I love role playing games. We have been through thick and thin. Like a constant companion, we have visited dangerous places, taken risks, and faced great challenges. I have many great friends, and we have many great memories, thanks to these games. I have been able to explore new worlds and express myself, my creativity, without the judgement of everyday life. I've been many different characters among many different lives.
Profess your love, don't hide from it. Don't hide it from other people.
Take the time to stand up for what you are passionate about. Make a point to pursue the things you love, before it fades into the background, behind the noise of notifications or on the other side of a mindless iphone game.
Make time for what you love.