I had some time today to clean up some digital clutter, so I went through all my saved posts on reddit and either read through them or deleted them until only one remained.
The one that remained was written back in December and it was written about a guy who decided to approach his life like a video game and he felt like it enriched him. He just paid attention to his needs (like a character in the game) and made sure he was nourished, hydrated, de-stressed etc. If he attempted something and failed, he thought of it as a part of the map that he hadn’t leveled up enough yet to tackle. It’s a great idea on how to simplify life and make it a bit easier to navigate. I think about it like the Sims approach to life with health bars and all.
I decided I wanted to research this further, since I knew a few books have been written about gameifying your life. I’m not sure gameifying is a word, but I’m making it one for the time being.
Anyway, I did some quick DuckDuckGoing (you like that don’tcha?) and an abundance of lifestyle blogs flooded my results. I skimmed a few and that’s when I realized that one of the things we most need in this life is less people telling you how to live.
Of course, my statement is hypocritical since I am sorta tell you what you need in life, but nevertheless, the amount of self-appointed experts online is insane. People don’t tell you why things helped them or why they used this product, they tell you why you should and they don’t even know you. It’s not like they know your dreams, goals, aspirations, financial situation, mental health, physical health, intelligence, etc. They just know that if they word it a certain way, they feel like they are in charge and they can monetize this “arm chair expert” advice. Well screw that man.
Just like the vloggers, video game players, and clickbaiters on YouTube, I think whenever I run across an article that starts to dispense life advice I’m just gonna close it down. It’ll be no different than one of those sites that hide articles behind a paywall or tell me to turn off my adblockers. I’ll just decide on the spot that this isn’t worth my time or effort.
I’ve wasted so many hours on these types of sites over the years. Hell, my buddy Jimmy even called me out once for making a decision that wasn’t inspired by a blog. LOL. I guess, like most people, I’ve spent my life looking for someone to tell me how to live it easier or better. Some people use politics, others religion, some self-help books, and others gurus. I’ve used a bit of all of them over the years, and I guess I’ve realized that none of them really have worked for me. It’s kinda like therapy and me. I’ve enjoyed therapy, but just talking to someone doesn’t really help me. I have to dig down deep and make a conscious decision to change in order for me to actually change. And I think, while all those influences can offer tidbits of good advice, overall it’s best to just take it easy and try and figure out things for yourself. You feel a bit more self-sufficient and let’s be honest, how many lives have truly been changed by a self-help book or blog? Sure, you might pick up a tiny tip here or there, but its still up to you to implement it.
I don’t know, maybe I’m just rambling. I’m just an old man who hates what the internet has become and is tired of people telling me what to do.