5 • Childhood Games That Prepared Us For Adulthood

5 • Childhood Games That Prepared Us For Adulthood

Little did we know when growing up that our playground games and rainy day activities were preparing us for the honest truth about life. They say, ‘ignorance is bliss’ and the games that once made us smile, laugh, and bond; are now the rules we love to break and essentially the games we dread playing.

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1. Telephone

The game ‘Telephone’ reveals the truth about the dysfunction and miscommunications that we live amongst. We’re too quick to jump to our own assumptions and twisting the truth to the point where it tells a different story. We know the truth is our there, but we accept whatever we’re given in its place.

There’s only so many times you can say ‘operator’ before you’re forced to shrug, laugh, and believe what you think you heard.

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2. Simon Says

We’ve grown up, taught to obey authority. Promised that once we’re ‘adults’, we’ll be introduced to a new world of freedom. Simon Says tells us the constant importance of listening to a higher power. Someone who knows ‘better’ than you. If someone says ‘jump!’ you say, ‘how high?’, and you fall victim to the punishment if you chose to obey.

Don’t step out of line.

Don’t dance to your own beat, and don’t think these rules ever stop applying.

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3. Three-Legged Race

We think the finish line is within our reach, that the strength of our legs is enough to carry us to success. We don’t understand that we’re not in this game alone. Life is a three-legged race. We cannot win without help. We cannot win without teamwork. A three-legged race is the perfect way to remind you that it’s a lot harder to work against life than with it.

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4. Red Rover

Red Rover taught us the instant betrayal that comes when picking sides.

We had seconds to decide if we would break the rules and run lightly, in hopes to return to our team or we’d aim for the weak in hopes to carry out our plan. There’s irony in being called over by a group working to keep you out.

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5. Duck, Duck, Goose

We were once told we’re all equals, we’re cut from the same cloth. However, when someone is pointed out as different, we’re taught to run in the opposite direction. We put our effort into returning to normality and avoiding the dreaded sentence of being considered different.

However, when someone is pointed out as different, we’re taught to run in the opposite direction. We put our effort into returning to normality and avoiding the dreaded sentence of being considered different.

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