One day, I might look like a wrinkled prune, but I will still feel young. I wont use expensive creams. No doctor will touch my face. Plastic surgery and cosmetic treatment aren’t options. Instead, video games will keep me feeling young. I’ll play to blow off steam. I’ll play to clear my mind of silly problems. I’ll play to enjoy life. And I believe playing will help me enjoy aging, even if I became a wrinkled prune.
Some of us may think playing is immature. Of course, as children we played for years of our life and learned a great deal about the world this way. Then we stopped. Perhaps we felt silly still playing as “mature grown ups”. Perhaps others laughed at us when they saw us. Or perhaps we stopped because society seemed to expect more of adults. But why can’t we continue to play as adults or even as seniors?
I don’t care if other people laugh; I will keep playing as an old, grey senior. Sure, I’ll help grandkids and family, if I have any. I’ll still volunteer, care for others and be responsible. I will also still make time for video games.
I’ll make time for video games because they help me keep a child-like joie de vivre, which I think is essential for getting through life. Video games combine fun and creativity with the playtime of my childhood years. Whenever I start a new game, I feel joy despite the world’s best efforts to sometimes bring me down. So the calendar may flip fast and wrinkles may crease my skin, but I will feel young forever.