By Analyn May
I remember back when my DS Lite was my most prized possession. My favorite game on it? Kirby Super Star Ultra. One level in particular I found really fascinating, particularly from a story perspective.
See, your goal in a normal level was to get through a side-scrolling obstacle course to get to the door that led you to the next part. But in this particular level, sometimes you had to go back to previous areas before you could advance. Why? Because in this level’s strange “world,” each area was like a little mini-dimension which affected the others around it.
For example, one area had a solid tree that you couldn’t bypass. In order to get to the door on the other side, you had to sidetrack your way to a seemingly unrelated door which took you to another tree—but this tree had a breakable block in the center, and nothing helpful on the other side. You had to break the block, go back the way you came, walk over to the solid tree, and—voila! The previously impassable tree mysteriously had a chunk missing from the middle, and you could go right through it to the door.
Okay, that’s nice, I hear you saying, but what does it have to do with high school? Or anything in life? Well, I think life is like that weird little level. Sometimes there’s a door you really, really want to go through—or even know that you’re SUPPOSED to go through.
Maybe that door is marriage, or a particular job, or living in a specific city. But sometimes, there are unbreakable trees in the way, and you just can’t figure out why. A lot of people seem to think that the answer is waiting, but while this may be true sometimes, I think that often the “waiting” is actually supposed to be spent working on something else. Perhaps whatever tree is standing in your way won’t go away until you chop down a tree in a different area of your life.
Sometimes the connections aren’t obvious. You don’t know ahead of time that going back to college is how you’ll meet your future spouse, or that mending your relationship with your kids will help you mend your relationship with your boss. And sometimes the connections don’t even make sense after the fact—after all, we’re only human, and on this side of Heaven we’ll never see how all the puzzle pieces of our life fit together. But I hope that I’ve helped someone realize that breaking the trees we can is often the only way to break the ones we can’t.
Yet, as always, that’s just my POV. Until next time, this is Analyn May, signing off.