I have a confession: I have an odd personality quirk and it has to do with video games. No…it is not that I play video games (that is not a personality quirk!) - it is how I play video games.
Ever since I was a child, when I play RPG's (role-playing games), I always build the same character.
I am the “battle mage” – destructive magic with light armor and light weapons. It is the perfect character for game play that balances careful strategy, patience, and elegant execution.
Here is the quirk: I play like a “tank” – I run like crazy straight into a room full of enemies attacking and hope that they all die before I do. There is no strategy, no patience, and arguably, no elegance.
So, why do I do this? If I would just create a heavy armor, heavy weapon character (i.e. the “tank”) I would have a lot more fun with my games. I know this – I tried it once, it was fantastic!
But, I don’t!
The truth is, when it comes to video games, I want to be one thing. But, in the heat of the moment, I am something else.
Many of us suffer from such a quirk; we are stuck on what we want to be, or what we think we should be, at the expense of what we actually are. The funny thing is, if we would just embrace who we are, then everything becomes easier – success becomes instinctual and simpler.
I suppose, part of the key to knowing "how me should I be” is to embrace me as I am – a ‘tank’, not a ‘battle mage’.