Monday, June 27, 2005

Life is like The Legend

i'm not even going to bother to ask if you all remember the nintendo game Legend of Zelda.

let's just say that the main character, Link, has taught me a whole lot about life.

a) you won't get anywhere if you keep going in and out of the same old grove of trees. it may be pretty, it may be safe, but there just ain't gonna be nothing new. if you're happy with that, then that's your last stop.

b) make sure you have thoroughly searched said grove and everywhere else -- you could find something immensely useful. but don't waste too much time.

c) to accomplish anything, you need the proper tools.

d) the proper tools are NOT free. you will need to work or pay to get them. ONE by ONE.

e) you gotta learn to tell if someone is cheating you.

f) people will try and do it.

g) however, scary old men in caves can be your friends. don't judge.

h) the key to life (and the princess) is split into pieces that are hidden as far away from each other as possible in the most hard-to-reach places.

i) life (and legend) can be gd confusing.

j) half the time you don't even know what you're looking for until after you've found it.

k) sometimes you've changed your mind even after you've worked really hard to get something you thought you needed.

l) you WILL waste energy and resources on things that turn out to be useless, or even harmful to you.

m) you're going to get stuck. you will get frustrated. odds are, you're gonna need some help.

n) you're not invincible, after all.

o) sometimes life gives you second chances, but not too many.

p) you could do everything right, make it really really far, and then end up making one little mistake that could cost you your life. so you'd better freaking enjoy the trip while you're on it.

q) you're never going to come out of a fair fight unscathed. that's why there's medicine.

r) if you work really hard for something, you'll value it more.

s) it really pays to have a kick-ass themesong.


Lia said...

I remember that game; it was the very first video game I ever played. And I liked it. I didn't think I learned any life lessons from it, but I liked the game.

Now I know just how much it has helped form my character. For instance, I need good music to help me along the journey of life.

Ale said...

waw- ur gave me goosebumps- exactly like you describe--

i NEVER had enough patience to play any kind of video games... oh-oh-- what does that say about my view of life --

omar said...

Wow. I'm not sure the last time I played that game. In any case, I think your list ended appropriately. I want a kick-ass theme song. It's one of my life goals.

cadiz12 said...

that game was a staple in our household for many many years -- even when we had much more sophisticated video game systems as well, we all still fought over that chunky gray box.

i've had the zelda song stuck in my head for more than two days now. my themesong would probably be a lot like it.

omar, i picture you with a very smooth themesong. and ale, yours would definitely have a bossanova-type sound. lia, i don't know you well enough yet to even venture a guess.

Jon said...

I love theme songs… I think everything and everyone should have one.

As for the video games, I think I could draw similar parallels with Super Spike V-Ball and Contra. I didn’t really know what I was doing in life until I learned to outrun and jump over bullets… When I discovered emulators in college, much studying was neglected… although that probably would have happened without the emulators, but whatever…

cadiz12 said...

CONTRA. that was a really good game. i think if i got the controller in my hands, i probably could remember the sequence you needed with AB and UP/DOWN to have everlasting life. ah, those were the good days, after i learned there was more to life than duck hunt and excite bike.

what are emulators?

Jon said...

Emulators are programs that run on your computer to simulate the amazing power of an 8 bit system. I used to have every Nintendo game ever made on one little CD, and I could pop it into my computer and play whatever I wanted in it’s original format. With a few fun tweaks of course. Also, if you have a little money to burn, for a fair price you could probably pick up a dreamcast at your local gamestop or whatever video game store in your area sells used equipment and then go online and download the latest version of the Nester DC. That’s basically the same thing. It’s every Nintendo game ever on one simple little CD… hours and hours and hours and hours of fun :)

cadiz12 said...

wow. that would be awesome to have in the dungeon.

kaiya said...

cadiz, that was so freaking creative. and what a good connection. although zelda was not the household game. the original mario brothers dominated.

when i was really young and still had a "bed time" i remember being jetlagged at home wtih my dad after coming back from taiwan, and thinking he was pretty cool for letting me stay up at 3am to be playing mario brothers!

THEonlyGOALIE said...

I have always wanted a theme song. I would carry it on a mini tape recorder and press play any time I enter a room. I then would expect nothing short of people rejoicing that I allow them to share my air space.