2 days ago, I attended my family's reunion dinner for Chinese New Year. For the first time, some of my cousins brought their children, and I am going to have to get used to being called "uncle", lol!
It reminded me of the passage of time, and somehow, of Panda who left a few days ago.
I told my parents I am not interested in relationships for now. I have a lot more things I want to do first, in my career and my personal life.
But one day, I too will have a family of my own, and chose them over this game (and many other things). One day, I won't have the physical or mental dexterity to play my job effectively in Savage any more. One day, the servers will shut down for the final time. One day all of this will end.
That is fine, nothing lasts forever. However, it's a reminder that our time in this game is actually something precious and finite, and we should treasure it.
Sometimes I hear people say that we should not treat the game like a job. The assumption seems to be that a game is unimportant in the grand scheme of things, and does not deserve much time and effort.
I don't agree. I think there are some things you can only afford to do when you are young and relatively carefree. Spending all day playing an MMO is one of them, and you should treasure the opportunity when you have it.
Before you know it, life will pull you away and saddle you with all kinds of responsibilities, and the times when you could have the whole day all to yourself will be long gone.
Leisure time - time spent on yourself, alone, not on your job, partner or family - is among the most precious commodities in our modern world. If you ask me, it only makes sense to treat it seriously, with respect.
Of course, it is possible to take a game so seriously that you lose sight of how it brings you joy in the first place. And even young and relatively carefree people still have vital responsibilities in real life that they should not neglect, because they interfere with your ability to continue enjoying life in future.
However, I don't think one can argue that it is inherently bad to play the game with passion, to play with all your heart and treat it seriously.
One day, you won't be able to play this game any more. And when the time comes, surrender it gracefully. Leave the game behind without regrets, and treasure the memories you made.
And if someone tells you that you wasted your life, remind them:
If you enjoyed the time you wasted, then it is not a waste of time.