Hasbro Life vs. Reality
Tuesday, 25 January 2011 16:22
Surely sometime in your life you’ve come across the board game called Life. Playing it recently I’ve come to realize that this is in fact a much distorted but also accurate path about where we go in our lives.
You get into your brightly coloured mini-van and you immediately start off with a fork in the road. Do you do the responsible thing, pay to go to college or start to work with no background education? Go straight to work raking in the fake cash while your opponent pays to gets an education. A couple of problems with this: a) If tuition was only $100 in “real-life” more people would be going to college. b) Without an education it’s much more difficult to get a good paying career but in this game the cards are drawn and life begins.
Rolling the dice represents chance. Risks taken in life can determine where you’re going and where you end up. But without risks or chances you won’t get anywhere.
Then you come to the check point of marriage. Basically you add another person into your mini-van and you’re on your way. Now, if only it were that easy. I’m not one for giving relationship advice but I’m pretty sure that’s not how it works. No, I’m positive.
You and your new spouse drive around the path of life donating to charities, taking vacations and paying taxes which are all indeed very realistic.
As you are driving, you also land on spaces labelled “Have a baby girl” in which you are required to add a plastic pink person onto your vehicle. I won’t go into detail but that’s not how that works either.
Driving along with your one, two or five children as well as your spouse, you come to life is a long road-trip. Frankly, a life-long road trip would get really dull, really quickly.
Pay day after pay day you’re raking in the money but what if you decide to go back to college? Unless you want to start life all over again it’s not an option. Or what if you and your spouse begin to fight constantly? It’s not exactly like you spent anytime dating before the “wedding.” There is no check point in the game that says “contemplate marriage.”
While this is a happy “sugar-coated” version of life COMMA it isn’t exactly accurate. It’s entertaining and limits the life lessons while highlighting important but not 100 per cent necessary milestones.
The game should be renamed “This could potentially be your life – but no promises.”