We all have different things we like to do. We may like to hang out with friends, go to events, sales, auctions, look for things we want to buy, have sales, decorate houses or scenes – the possibilities are endless.
When you’ve done all of those and want to try something different, here’s something you might like to try for yourself. You may not have or own a lot but, you don’t need to, to do this. No matter how much or little you have, the feel good factor is just the same.
Remember when you started out and had nothing? You wondered what you had to do, how you could ever own things or get all the things that others you came across have? You worked tirelessly to get coins – sometimes quite despondently because you earn some and decide you need an outfit; you buy one and you again are back to square one. No coins, no furniture, no hair and you see the same happening again. You know no one that will help you get on your feet and wonder whether to go on or give up. The thought of the people around you that have all you wish you could have keeps you going because maybe one day you could have that too, but also the thought of how long it will be makes you sceptical.
However, think back, along your journey from nothing to doing okay: did anyone help you, even in some small way that picked you up, gave you hope and made you happy? Is there a point that you can say that one person made a difference and really helped you on your Yo-way? I bet there is. I am sure that one person did something for you along your journey that made you feel that it was worth the struggle and that you could succeed. One gesture whether it be small or huge.
I’m right, aren’t I? We all start out with nothing on YoVille. We have to work hard to get what we want and where we want to be and that can be a long road. Somewhere along that road though, someone selflessly helps us out. A single kind gesture from a stranger that makes the difference and changes things from a sad and difficult struggle to something achievable. Most of us, (the ones that don’t beg for help and think that they are owed it) will have this happen at some point or another along their way. It won’t come when it is asked for or expected, but quite the opposite, it will happen when unexpected and that is what makes the difference.
Everyone reading this who has come past their beginner struggle will know what I mean. You will all have your little story of what your turning point was. That random act of kindness from a stranger that gave you such a boost you wanted to work ten times harder to make it work. It gave you so much pleasure and happiness that you were spurred on, knowing you could now succeed – because that stranger had taken the time to help you. The thought that someone who didn’t know you cared enough to help you on your way, it meant so much.
It happend to me way back then too. I was stood in Alton towers, I wasn’t sure why I was there, perhaps for the companionship and to feel more part of things, but I was there. I commented to a fellow player that her hair was lovely. She said thank you. She asked me if I had a perm hair. I asked her what that was. She said that it was a hair that you buy and own from the salon. I told her that I hadn’t been playing long and hadn’t saved enough yet to own one, but one day soon I hoped too. She told me that I should refresh and check my inventory. I did and there was my very first hair. I couldn’t thank her enough. That was my turning point. The day that someone made a difference to me.
Since that day, I worked so hard to grow in the game and knew then I could make it. Someone I didn’t know, cared whether I made it or not. It made such a difference to me.
Now, my favorite pastime is to help other new players out too. I don’t help out new players that post in events that they are new and need help. No self-respecting player who really wanted to make it would ask that of anybody. It is the action of a spoiled child, one who thinks they deserve help or wish to scam others by pretending they have nothing. Real new players who are truly interested in the game will work hard by themselves to achieve, just like we all did. I prefer to happen across new players and work it out for myself if they could use a little help and randomly gift them. The feeling of doing something like this is reward in itself. Even if you don’t hang around to see the person find what you have given them. Knowing what their reaction will be when they find the gift is enough.
I don’t often gift people who have wishlists unless there is very little on them. People with very long and expensive wishlists are paramount to the spoiled ones in my opinion. Those who play their cards closer to their chest are far more worthy and grateful.
So, when you are at a loose end in YoVille and have done all the things you would usually do to pass the time, why not try seeking out someone to “pay it forward” to. Doing this is more likely to create another person who is spurred on through the encouragement and will go on to try to “pay it forward” later in their Yo-life. As I have said already, it is also a really great feeling when you have done it and makes you want to do it again. It doesn’t have to be a big gift or anything really expensive, genuine new players struggling to get by will be appreciative of anything you can give them to help make a difference. An outfit that means they don’t have to struggle on in their “starter” clothes, a permanent hair, no matter how old that means they can wear a style that is not in the “starter” menu. A simple gift that makes them feel that someone cares whether they “get there” or not can make all the difference. Try it and see. It is addictive.
Did someone help you on your way when you were just starting out? If so, what difference did it make to you? Or maybe you are a random gifter already. We would love to hear from you, please share your comments in the box below.