I’ve reached a stage of my life that I focus on improving myself by firstly training, teaching and compounding my knowledge and experience into information useful to all learners who come across my website and lessons. I have the responsibility to my students to direct my energy to teaching them, and setting a good example for them to become fit.
This game is unlike conventional PC or console games in that it is a mobile app that requires players to travel outdoors. People who start Pokemon Go from a sedentary life will most likely become healthier, before they will lose weight, look more chiseled and look years younger. That will take more than Pokemon Go. It’s always good to take things step by step.
Many have stated that the walking that Pokemon Go necessitates will allow people to become fitter and lose weight. That is good, for people will be more confident to come for training after they shape up. Walking is actually the first activity that a sedentary person can start with, and it yields certain results as long as it is done frequently. Even though it is easy, walking is beneficial even for people who are already fit and experienced in their own sport.
I hope that Pokemon Go will allow people to read maps better. Or they can even use it to find my class in Bishan. Over the years I have noticed that many people cannot find the place I am teaching at. This is despite Singapore being a small country with a convenient and foolproof transport system. I use google maps to find my way around, so it is no issue for me. I don’t fancy the idea of a leader not being able to lead to group to places.
When I was a teenager I also played role playing games like Pokemon, and much more. These involves leveling up, although Pokemon are not so ‘first person’ and personal as it involves the trainer controlling virtual creatures which are more or less treated as trading commodity. For those where you control human characters who stick with you all the time, it provides a more personal feeling. It feels great when your character gets stronger and is able to handle tougher enemies in the game.
In real life Kung Fu, we are directly in control of ourselves who also needs to ‘level up’. However it is much more tougher to control our real bodies. The human body or rather the human mind has so much weakness, there is much to be desired. We can feel lazy, distracted, need to take care of our diet, affected by people around us and feel discouraged by pain and fatigue. Many people are usually stuck at their low levels, if they cannot overcome the above mentioned barriers in the first place.
When we actually level up our own bodies and skills, we feel a much greater sense of achievement, one that is personal, for it is our very own being that’s being leveled up. For video games it’s the data in the device that has leveled up.
Thinking of it, it feels really easy and fun to level up in the games. People can go tirelessly at it without feeling bored for long periods of time. It’s a wonder why people are so much more disciplined in their virtual characters than in real life. Rather than be amazed by this, why don’t we put the gaming mindset in daily life activities that matter long term for our own well being? Games like Pokemon Go are so systematic, why don’t we be as systematic? Like always finding incentives when we complete an exercise? Or obtaining an achievement when we come for class and perform well in class?
So if you have the responsibility of being a breadwinner or future breadwinner to your family, please be realistic and realize that many top players are in the extremes of being either financially free or are not doing anything else constructive for their life. We can also realize that when we have a work-life balance, our life can be as colorful as in the games.
For those like me who abstain from playing Pokemon Go, good for you! For those who are playing the game, I hope all of you stay safe when catching Pokemon, and watch out for those catching Pokemon if you are not. The weather has been super hot and humid lately, so remember to bring enough water to drink and an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun.