Day 12. out + about. (Post-A-Day)

c20de8a0941e11e399bb122faec0aa0b_8Out and about. Most weeks, I probably would be out and about today, however, I stayed home this week. But, I have more than a few pictures from previous venturings, so it’s not a big deal. In the photo, I was standing atop the roof of a nearby building, quite short by most cities standards, but one of the taller ones in this city, still high enough for an enchanting view. There is a certain thing about being above the places you’re familiar with from the ground that leaves one feeling a sense of freedom of sorts. Almost as though one has left one’s cares on the ground. it is a nice perspective, but I do not often have the opportunities to be that high up.

Sometimes it is like that, in order to get a better feel for something you need to step away from it and take a good look at it from afar. Sometimes things in life do require closer attention, but most of the time, there is a benefit in stepping back and looking at the whole picture. Sometimes we get so caught up in the little details of something that we forget the bigger picture, and most of the time, the bigger picture is the thing we set out to accomplish in the first place. Again, attention to detail is a good thing, but giving our souls to the details at the cost of everything else is not.

Cities are interesting, we build them, and have been building them for thousands of years, and for good reason, I believe that humans are fundamentally social creatures, we actually need each other, not just for survival, but because it is a fundamental human need to be with other people. Cities are were the majority of the planet’s population lives. And even outside the cities, most people have a community of some sort, whether it is their family, or their neighbors, there usually some sort of community involved wherever humans are found. Occasionally you might find someone who is isolated, but in general, humans are found near other humans.

I used to like to play SimCity 2000, an old version of a series that, as far as I know, is still going on, but I haven’t really kept up with it since then except for the 3000 version, which I didn’t like as much. But, it was fun to manage the city. It was a game, but I was surprised at how I would learn things from it that I would then look at things in real cities and start looking for ways that actual cities could be improved upon. Games do tend to be that way, if you pay attention, they are very effective teachers. Gaming is often a way of preparing for real-world situations, though when I say gaming, a far better term would be playing. Play is absolutely crucial to our development, and it is something we should not grow out of, playing is how we figure out to resolve problems before we actually encounter the problem. Gaming is certainly a part of that. One of the things I’ve neglected too much lately is taking the time to play. It’s one thing to study a lot, but you also have to play with it, or it’s all for naught! We learn by playing much more than we learn by study, though study is a part of learning, and extremely important, it is more often better thought of as a means to an end rather than the end itself. Play on the other hand is both a means and an end. So for goodness sake, go out and play!

I’m afraid this is to be a bit of a random post, but I’m fine with that!