I’m twenty-four and still love Pokémon. It’s a fact but one that my parents and some of my friends are not overly thrilled about. “Your hand is going to grow adjoined to the controller if you don’t watch out,” they say. “That Game Boy is your third hand, you play it so much.”
But, on the other hand, there are many positives about being a Pokémon fan, even at the age where many of my friends are graduating college and starting families. For one, there are a good number of my peers who have gotten into drugs and alcohol. Why? They could not deal with life on life’s terms. The stresses mounted until they just couldn’t take anymore. In fact, one of them is no longer with us anymore. He simply could not deal with life.
I have a way of dealing with life. When it gets to be too much, you can find me engrossed in a good game of Pokémon. While that may not be the healthiest way to deal with things, I am here to say, it’s not the unhealthiest either. I have yet to see anyone arrested and jailed for playing too much Pokémon. Neither do I know of anyone who took their life over the game either.
Pokémon has given me life. It has added an enthusiasm that enhances my life on a daily basis. Oh, I still work and pay my bills. I have a boyfriend and a good circle of friends. But what turns me on is a good game of Pokémon. Learning of new releases of games and even movies excites me and gives me something to look forward to. I can attest that many people I know do not look forward to anything. They just go through the motions of life. Me, I am really looking forward to the new Mega-Evolution of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire soon to debut.
There is much to be applauded in the game. There are characters, like my favouite, Charizard, who has the integrity that I wish more people had. You won’t find Charizard picking on anyone who is weaker than he is. No way! Charizard only takes on those who are equal to him or even stronger.
Chesnaught is a true friend to the end. He will take a lot, personally. He is a gentle giant. But mess with his friends and he will breathe fire. He will go to any lengths to defend his loved ones.
Pokemon in general are persistent creatures. They don’t give up. Of course there are Pokémon with bad character qualities too but one thing they all have in common is their drive to do what they do and to do it well.
Many of the Pokémon have qualities that I hope to develop more of as I play. Trevor is studious, Shauna is curious and full of wonder and Bianca is a rambunctious kids who is taking steps to mature. Many of the Pokémon work together and set a great example for team dynamics.
Don’t get me wrong, I know where my friends and family are coming from. I am a twenty-four year old who is obsessed with Pokémon. Sometimes that does seem a bit odd and perhaps less than ideal. But it works for me. I continually lean life lessons that are helping me to push in the right direction and are helping me to become who I want to be.