Today, I’m going to touch on a subject that we don’t normally cover here on A Space Ahead- specifically a video game. And it should be no surprise as to which video game I want to talk to you about today, as it is the video game that in the past couple of weeks has taken the world by storm. That video game is Pokemon Go.
We’ve all been inundated with sensationalist stories of this phenomenon. People have been discovering dead bodies, getting in vehicular altercations, and even arrested on the suspicion of being up to illicit activities- when really they were just following an invisible monster as it traipsed across their neighbor’s lawn at three am. But what I want to share with you is a story that is much more simple and far more personal.
Not far from where I live, there is a community walking and biking trail. I have lived in my current residence for about five years and never once walked it. I’d drive past daily and every day think, “I really should walk that.” And I never did. Fairly recently, I realized that I weighed the heaviest that I ever had in my life and decided to do something about it. I started a new diet, joined a gym (one where you work out, not battle pokemon) and began to see some positive results.
It wasn’t until about a week ago when I bought a new phone that I was able to join in on this whole pokemon craze. So the other day, despite the 84 degree temperature and the humidity that was through the roof, I put on some comfortable shoes and clothes, grabbed a bottle of water and began the walk towards this trail. And I must say that although I was a hot, sweaty mess by the end of my trek, I loved it. (Which, by the way, was all together over 4 kilometers, allowing me to hatch two eggs with a single trip.)
I am someone who is not often comfortable with silence. When at home, either the television is on, or music is playing. It’s something that I picked up and began to adhere to when I was having the most difficulty with my depression and anxiety. To combat the nagging thoughts and doubts circling within my cranium, I made every effort to drown them out. And yet here I was, entirely alone with my thoughts amid nothing more than the sound of the wind in the trees and distant birds, totally at ease, comfortable with my own thoughts. This rare moment of peace and tranquility was worth more than all the pokemon I caught that day.
The point that I’m trying to make is: despite the sensational stories that have been circling around this game, it has real, genuine benefits. Sure, there is the social aspect to consider (I have joined friends in the downtown area to hunt more impressive game side by side) but for me, there’s more to it than that. Because of this game, I have discovered near to my home a location that is not only an oasis of peace and quiet for my ofttimes troubled mind, but one that is also a source of exercise for when I am not able to make it to the gym. Next week, we’ll be back to discussing the rolling of dice and flipping of cards, rest assured- but I just wanted to take the time this week to say how much I appreciate that this game exists.