Do you like board games? I do. In most of these games, there are usually different ways to win the game — also known as victory conditions. When we play the game for the first time, we play by the tried-and-true rule book. However, one of the most important strategies is to continuously reconsider the victory conditions.
Throughout the game, we discover new circumstances, understand what our opponents are doing, and adapt an alternative strategy to win. This process applies to life as well. Originally, we may think we need $250,000 every year to be happy, so we do everything to try to get to that point. However, what if we reconsider the victory conditions and ask ourselves, “Do I genuinely need all that money to be happy? What if I move somewhere less expensive?”
Somewhere along the path of life, we reconsider the victory conditions and explore other ways to be happy and bring meaning to our lives. As I am wrapping up the didactic portion of optometry school, I have been thinking about this a lot. What does “winning” the game of life look like? Have the rules of the game changed since I last considered them? Are there alternative paths to victory?
Have a great week!