Hello my wonderful people. I know I said I will stay away but candy crush has been crushing me for days! I’ve been on a version of the game and I play it so seriously, my books think I’ve broken up with them. I’m still reading ooh but it’s looking like I’m having some side-chick kinda something with candy crush. I don’t even know which one I’m on. Saga, Soda. Whatever.
So the past weekend was a loooong one, (thanks to the Muslim holiday) and I got stuck on a level of the game. I tried so hard to break through (as if it’s one serious thing) and I couldn’t. So I stopped trying.
The goal was to create 12 multicoloured cookies, those ones that look like chocolate chip cookies with smarties (we locals should think Robo Robo 🤣🤣🤣) all over them. I would have one cookie left to create and my time would be up, so like I said, I stopped trying.
Lesson 1. Never stop trying. I know you know this already. Whether it is life or just some silly game like candy crush 😉, never stop trying.
So instead of trying to reach my goal for that level, I started trying to beat my high score (a noble goal considering my high score) or create a large number of stripped or wrapped candy so that I could cross them and watch the candy board explode (how beautiful!). And since I don’t slack when I decide to get serious, I was going hard at this. With all my strength. My mind was very busy calculating how to get the highest score or make my board explode.
Lesson 2. Never take your eyes off the prize. Trust me, you will be distracted and sorely tested with easier goals but don’t you ever take your eyes of the prize.
Talk about a rat race! I was running hard and fast. Away from the goal. And my sister walked past me and said, ‘see how serious you are! You will be playing game as if it’s one big thing’. It was in that moment that I realized what I was doing. And that my loves, is exactly what some of us do with our lives.
Lesson 3. Life is a race, so they say. Everybody will tell you to run but they won’t always remember to tell you that you can be very busy running away from the finish line. It happens everyday. Don’t be like the boy in the video below. 😂😂😂
May I add that I was enjoying myself quite immensely? I don’t know why but it gives me great joy to see the candy board smashing up. I was having fun. I was beating my high scores and clearing candy like Kilode? But I was going absolutely nowhere. I remained at the exact same spot. The same level.
Lesson 4. The fact that you are having fun does not mean you are making progress. In fact, if you are not ‘paining’, you are probably not gaining.
So in that moment, I woke up. I shut down the game. Gave myself a break (to eat my dinner 😁) and I went back to business. Two more trials, I created my 12 cookies, had about 15 moves left to spare and of course, my candy board exploded all by itself (with all the extra stripped candy I got from having moves to spare)!
Final lesson, do you find yourself in a rat race? It’s all right to take a break, evaluate yourself and performance, eat some energy giving food 😉 and hit it again. This time, with your eyes on the goal and your heart in the right place. And trust me, every other thing will fall in place.
So there, you have it. Life lessons, all gotten from candy crush. Nothing is a waste after all.