A couple guys on my timeline have been raving about the Temple Run app for some time now so I decided to download it a few weeks ago and I have to admit I got hooked on it for a few days. I believe the point of the game is to run through a temple (constantly) without getting jumped by the scary birds, scorched by the fire or fall in the cracks all why trying to gather coins for points.

I felt this game was a crazy metaphor or at least an interesting parallel to most of our lives. Every time I chased the coins I found myself dying a lot faster but when I concentrated on the journey and the path of the game, I found myself lasting a lot longer. Don’t get me wrong I am sure there are some people who can accurately achieve both but I think it is a lot harder than we think. Sacrifices have to be made and you might miss out on winning because you want to grab those coins.

I started thinking about my own life and how I’ve been able to navigate through life on my journey without necessarily chasing the “COINS” but by staying focus on what it was I wanted to achieve. The “Coins” represented all the distraction and everything else that kept you off your track. For some people the “coins” are the money, women (men), fame or anything else that could be considered a distraction.

Why can’t we chase both? Can we successfully chase both? Should we be trying to chase both? Don’t you end up getting those things anyway? Aren’t those “coins” a result or a byproduct of successfully completing the journey? I believe that the “COINS” will always be there, you might not finish the game with the most amounts of coins but at least you survive the game and get the spoils of winning. Then a flash of Jay-Z lyrics ran across my brain:  “I ain’t tryin’ to survive I’m tryin’ to live it to the limit an’ love it a lot …”

While playing the game I saw the “coins” as our greedy nature to want the coins over everything else and as soon as you paid too much attention to the coins and not where you were running, oops you landed in the ditch an died.

{From my thoughts on my Iphone}

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