It’s no secret that I’m addicted to Candy Crush, but I didn’t realize all the lessons learned from playing it until recently. I’m like on Level 1300 or something of Candy Crush Soda Saga. I play it almost every night to fall asleep because I can’t read shit when my eyes are tired. One night the blocks formed a heart shape and it started me thinking, “What has this game made me think about after going through all these levels?”
Sometimes the obvious move is not the best move
Candy Crush highlights and flashes blocks as suggested moves. So, learning the game, I would move those flashing blocks. It didn’t take me long to figure out that these were not always the best moves. But when I lose focus or get tired, I’ll find myself going right back to them. Even when something is pointed out to you as obvious, take a beat and think if it is really the best move for you!
Don’t forget to look at the whole picture
This has happened to me so many times. I’ll be focused on part of a board and miss the Coloring Candy that just popped up somewhere off to the side. I tend to do this, too, in life. I get hyper-focused on one thing, and I will miss opportunities that come up that could prove more beneficial than on what I’m focused!
Two are stronger than one
I always get excited when I have two special candies next to each other. In Candy Crush Soda Saga, the level can be won with a few moves if you end up with two Color Bombs or Coloring Balls next to one another. A perfect example of two candies being stronger than one! Whether with a romantic partner or a coworker, the same philosophy applies. We can’t conquer everything by ourselves.
Sometimes you need to plan ahead
I like to try and make combinations that will moves blocks in a certain way. So in the next move, I will have a Color Bomb or other special candy. As much as I love to live in the present moment, planning ahead has never let me down. Take some time to look at what could happen if you were to make certain moves. Make a strategy and execute it!
One big move can lead to many
When we decided to sell everything and move to Mexico, we thought we would be doing one thing. Sometimes in Candy Crush, you make one combination and it leads to a chain reaction of combinations. It’s fun to see the board light up and get all those points, but it is something that is also very true in life. We didn’t know where our path was going to lead us, but it has been a definite chain reaction of events. A beautiful chain reaction and a move I would never take back.