“It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
Here’s your gentle nudge to make your week more interesting, thoughtful and productive. You can always talk to me more about these ideas by replying to this email.
Super Mario And Starting Again
Most of us have played some iteration of Super Mario growing up. If you were incredibly edgy as a teenager, you must’ve also played Super Tux, which was the Linux mascot skin for Mario. In any case, do you remember playing Mario for the first time? Or just the Mario experience in general?
Mario was all about learning where you lose. Then, starting again. When you went through a level in Mario, you either made a jump too quickly or missed a power-up. Then, when you started again, you came armed with the knowledge. You knew exactly where that extra life was, so you made those jumps correctly. You knew when to jump ahead of time because you knew a Goomba would instantly appear there.
Hitting reset in life, be it for your career, relationships or anything else, works exactly like that. You never start afresh; you start again armed with knowledge. You know what to do, what not to do, when to leap, when to keep walking, when to wait, when to backtrack, when to sprint, where the good parts are hidden and so on.
Starting afresh is exactly how you’d play Mario, and just like everyone’s early experience with the game, life, too, is liberal with unexpected falls.
By extension, life is copious with opportunities to start again.
What’s On My Mind?
Do we become more responsible as a choice or a consequence of more responsibility being thrust on our backs and chest whether we’re ready or not? In other words, what makes a person responsible.
I hope this added some value to your week. Stay safe, stay inspired, and I’ll talk to you next week.
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