I was playing a video game this evening. And in the course of some new content I worked on some achievements. You get a gold star (equivalent) for doing certain in game tasks.

If you don’t play video games, think of it like a challenge of patting your head with one hand and rubbing your tummy with the other for two minutes. Something fairly easy to do with some time commitment.

But you get a gold star, so you feel like you have made an accomplishment! I started, worked on, and finished X! Yippie, look at me go!

This is one of the lovely incentives of gaming, you feel like you have made an achievement, unlike the rest of your life. You don’t get gold stars for cleaning the bathroom or doing your laundry. Adulting doesn’t provide the same gold star satisfaction of video games.

I’m not sure what my point is, but don’t think that video game achievements mean that you are making life process, you are just being entertained and given a gold star, that won’t pay the bills.