Remember the last time you played a video game in your life? Video games can be fun. They help us unplug. Allow us to release stress and bring us together with our friends. Above all, video games tell us a story. As we progress in the game our character levels up. We get stronger and our weapons advance. However, with the progression, the antagonists that we play against also get tougher and harder to beat.

This is because if the difficulties we faced were the same throughout the play-through we would have it all too easy and the game won't be fun to play anymore. In a game as a player, time and again, we feel we are barely making it to the next level until we do. The game of life is similar to this notion.

Each year we level up.

We gain new experiences. We figure out new things. We feel like we are ready to take on anything life has to offer until we find ourselves in a circumstance which is difficult to handle and everything suddenly falls apart. Things we know don't seem to work anymore. We have no idea how we would deal with this new life situation.

This is because life is an evolving challenge. Like a video game each year has its own thrill. Every episode has its own excitement. After every struggle there is reward and after every victory there is hardship ready to spice things up again.

For this new year let's remember this. Let's remember the good; which cannot exist without the bad. Let's remember the happiness; which wont be fun without sadness. Let's remember our successes; which would mean nothing without the failures and hardships that we all have been through. Let us remember how everything in life is beautiful because it is impermanent. Everything is impermanent because we live in a balanced world.

Nobody is doing fine unless they are doing fine. Everybody is struggling unless they aren't. Let this new year be a reminder to accept the flow of life. Let's offer no resistance to what there is. Everything happens to fulfill the other half of the story which is yet to be explored. Experienced. Written.

Much like a video game.