Today I’m feeling old. Having tied up the last of the loose ends from the holidays has yielded a very exciting gift from some people who love me very much: the latest Legend of Zelda game for Wii. For the better part of the day, I have been slashing my way through this new adventure, all the while lamenting that the game is now 25 years old.
Included with the game was a symphony recording of the theme music, which I am abnormally excited to listen to. Ironically, with my increased reliance on electronic devices, a CD is a rare novelty these days and one as neat as this couldn’t be passed up.
I remember a conversation I once had with a friend about Legend of Zelda. I asked what the most important lesson one can learn by playing Zelda. His smarty-pants quip was about the directions to acquire the map. My point was that within that game, and the many versions to follow, was the importance of being thorough and persistent.
Both of these qualities are important not only in within the game playing strategy that I’ve developed over the years, but also the way I approach real life problem solving. To have a method for successfully weeding out all environmental cues to function adequately within a new and hostile environment has not only been the way to the princess, but also to finding solutions and demonstrating competency.
In a generation that far too often discusses ADHD, I find that perhaps it is the work itself that could be reframed in a way that can capitalize on the skill set we have developed. Making the mission more like miniature quests from a video game would go a long way to keeping my mind more focused amid the dreary day to day.