It's Christmas Day, and one of the gifts Santa brought the kids was the board game, Life. In typical 21st-century style, the kids have this game on their iPads but have never played it in real . . . well, life.
As we played today, I selected the "college path" and ended up being a teacher. A teacher with a salary of $100,000 every 10 spaces or so. Very realistic.
I also came to a point where I had to decide: "Family Path" or "Life Path." Ouch. The implications are pretty harsh there, aren't they?
Eventually, the "winner" of "Life" is the player who gets to retirement with the most money. You know, kind of like real life. Other than the race to retire with hoards of cash, the rest of the game is pretty outlandish. Like ---
* The time I got married and every player gave me $100,000.
* The time I paid for a house in cash.
* The time I never got sick. Or had health insurance, for that matter.
* The time I had no student loan debt. (Can you imagine? Making $100K out of college with no debt? I've been working full time since my graduation in 2007, I am nowhere near that salary, and I will be paying back student loans until the end of foreseeable time.)
I know, I know. It's "just a game." But, come on, it's called LIFE, for heaven's sake. I think I am well within reasonable expectations to compare it to reality. Now, if it were called "Complete Fantasy," I'd be out of line.
I was the second to retire, and I ended the game with a mere $2.7M in the bank. Funny. That is totally in line with my real life plan. It must be a sign.