M.A.S.H. changes with age
My niece and nephew came over to visit a few days ago and, as with my own children, I can see how quickly they are growing and going through the process of transforming into young adults. It’s true when they say, “If you blink you miss it.” It doesn’t take long for a child to grow into an adult. I find it hard to believe that I, myself, am an adult. I wish I were still a child sometimes, but as we all know, you can’t go back. One thing I realized when my niece and nephew were visiting is history repeats itself in every generation. Times may change, but traditions come back. I was sitting on the couch when my niece came up to me with a pad and pen in hand and she asked me to tell her the names of three girls I like. Confused by her question, I told her I only like one girl and that I wasn’t sure why she was asking. She said she was trying to play M.A.S.H. with me. I instantly knew what she was talking about. It’s a childhood game young people (mostly girls) play in which their fortune is read by listing a number of options for different categories and then counting through them and crossing off items until the individual is left with one item from each category. M.A.S.H. simply stands for mansion, apartment, shack or house. In the game you can also select type of car, occupation, how many children you want to have and who you want to be in a relationship with. I’m pretty sure my own name wasn’t on many of those lists when I was younger and girls my age were playing it. It didn’t matter if I was ever in anyone else’s game. Now I was playing my own.
When my game ended, I ended up getting all I ever wanted, but I still didn’t have any of it really. It’s much more difficult to dream when you have lived a little. When I was young and people would ask me to name three cars they would all be super expensive sports cars, but today when I try to consider a vehicle I would like, I’d have to say, I’d be happy with a lot less today. It’s funny how dreams can change from outrageous desires to simple hopes as we grow older. I didn’t end up getting the shack to live in, but now that I’m older, I wouldn’t care as much as when I was younger. Now, I’m happy to just have all the things the game offers. To have a relationship, a place to live, a car, children and whatever else the game includes, feels pretty good, I think. Of course, we would all like more, but I’m happy to be happy, if that makes any sense at all.
Our dreams will all change as we grow older. We all have different hopes and wishes, but I’m certain many of those will change. I realized that life is actually a lot like this game. We start with a large number of options, but we cross them off as we go. What we end with is what we end with. We have to take what we get whether it was part of our original plan or not. Many of us have an appreciation for that though. At my age many of the options are getting slimmer. For some who are reading this, they may be even fewer. Others have many. None of us have as many as when we started. The only thing that is sure is that we all have to do our best to ensure our best options are available to us as we continue our lives. We’ll cross some attractive items off our list, but who said the most attractive options are the best? I’ll take what I get because I know this is my list. Life is what we make it. Make the most of it.