Yesterday I learned that two things I really enjoy are going to be going away. I’m not happy about it, but when there’s nothing that you can do to change something, you basically have two choices. You can bitch and whine and be miserable about it, or you can have a little gripe about it, accept it, and find a way to move on. Being miserable doesn’t do anyone any good, and it won’t make the situation change. So, the smartest and healthiest thing to do is be a little ticked off or sad, and then move the hell on.
In this particular case, I’m talking about losing one of my favorite games, and my favorite social network. I have been playing a game called Monster Match on my Nexus Android tablet for almost two years. It was my favorite mobile game ever. I spent a lot of time building a great team and collecting some really neat creatures. Unfortunately, DeNA is going to be working with Nintendo, and they made the decision to shut down their mobile game. I’m not sure why they couldn’t do both, but it’s their choice. Fans of the game are furious, but it’s not like we’re going to make them change their minds. I’m not sure what I can do, since it was the best game of its kind. I don’t know of any other games I’d enjoy. I guess I’ll just go without until I come across something else. Honestly, no one should ever get attached to anything mobile based. Things change and get left in the dust far too often.
As for the social network, it’s G+. I left FaceBook because I couldn’t stand how they work, and I fell in love with G+. As it turns out, in May G+ is going to be broken apart and won’t be a true social network anymore. I’m going to stick with it for as long as I can, but I’m not happy about Google’s announcement that they’re breaking the network up into individual products. G+ was head and shoulders above FaceBook, and if I had a choice in the matter, I’d never go back to FB full time. Unfortunately, if they dismantle G+ as a social network, I may not have a choice. Luckily, I have a lot of experience with FaceBook and I turned off my pages and such rather than deleting them, so I can jump right back in the saddle if I have to. Users of G+ are having fits right now, but it’s not going to change Google’s decision. We all just need to move on and deal with it.
In the past I would have been bitching about all of this for a lot longer, but it’s a simple fact that it doesn’t do any good and just wastes energy that I could be putting into other things. It’s pretty common for people to bitch and gripe and complain about things that are beyond their control. As a matter of fact, it’s almost like we’re addicted to it. People will suck up and shut up on things they can actually change, but go apeshit over things that they can’t. It’s pretty backwards if you ask me. If you can do something, do it, and change what you don’t like. If you can’t change it, then that’s what you let go of. I’m learning my lesson though. There’s no point in incessant complaints. I simply need to move on and find other options.
It actually feels good to not be all emotionally invested in something like this. It’s less draining. People ought to try it. And really, in this case, it’s not like there aren’t other forms of free mobile entertainment, and while I don’t really like FaceBook in any way, shape or form, they do exist and I do know how to use them. And I suppose there’s always the theoretical possibility that DeNa or Google will change their minds or come up with something even better. It’s not likely, but it is possible. In the meantime, I’m not going to stress over it. I’m just going to keep doing what I do until I have to change. When the time for change comes, I’ll just move on over to the new thing and keep on trucking.