It snuck up on me on Halloween night. We had returned from a movie, dinner and drinks (yes, this means I bailed on trick or treat, but I did bring candy to my favorite kids in the neighborhood…which was sort of a backwards version of it) and I innocently checked my Instagram.
There it was. An ad for the game, Two Dots…clean and simple, pretty colors, and the tagline, Life Is An Adventure. Also, a quote by Charles Eames.
“Eventually everything connects.”
All I had to do was connect the dots. Which I love to do in real life…connecting the dots between work, creativity, purpose and action. Connecting ideas with people…you know, all that important life stuff. This would be just like that, except I could do it without thinking so much.
I haven’t felt a pull to play computer games since Words with Friends. I downloaded it, and then I went down the rabbit hole of “just one more, one more, I promise, and I’ll be done.” Connecting those dots was fun, darn it, and I couldn’t help myself. Then Steve joined me, because, it was Saturday night and what’s more romantic than playing side by side games on your phones?
We played throughout the day Sunday, forcing ourselves take breaks for showering, eating, laundry, yard work and calling our parents. I spoke to Alex and she’s also addicted to the game, though she seems to actually understand it. We’re newbies and have no clue how it works, just that we both get unreasonably excited when we hear that little buzz and see that we’ve made a square out of four dots.
It ridiculous, but it was “Fall Back” Sunday, so I had an extra hour (which I squandered many times over, and even skipped my Annual Fall Back Sunday Afternoon Nap) and it was raining.
But while we were playing, we were talking (without looking at each other, but voices were heard). About the game, but with a little imagination, also about life.
- Sometimes you have a plan, and think you know what you’re doing, and it just doesn’t work out that way.
- Sometimes you just really get lucky, and the path is so clear.
- Don’t rush, because you’ll miss something that makes the difference.
- If you take too much time to think, your time runs out.
- One moment you’ve got a high score and think you’re fabulous, and the next moment you suck.
- If you totally suck, it only lasts a minute and then you can start over.
- When you’re stuck, look at the big picture, or just look at it in a different way.
- Try to anticipate the outcome, but if it doesn’t happen, it’s still helpful later.
- The best opportunities show up when you least expect them.
- There are patterns, but they are always changing.
One of my super powers is that I can justify almost anything, including why I played three games at 6:30 on a Monday morning. So what did you do this weekend?
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