Almost four years on in life (yes, life started after this game), I decide to go on the once-addicted-to website of Club Penguin. For those of you who may have travel remembering me, my name is Cham-, well no- my name is Ali. I used to be known on this low-key “sad” community as Champ344.
Memory did give me a pretty hard slap on the face today morning when I went online. To be honest, I can’t tell whether it was me reminiscing the “fun” times we all had when Club Penguin was popping with famous and rare people at the Dock on Mammoth, Frozen, Sleet etc., or if I was contemplating whether I would have had funner spending life outside, rather than inside. Besides the point- I go on today, trying to find that one penguin that is still not banned forever. There, found him – Champ 344 (yes, with a space). For those of you who would give a ****, Champ344 was banned forever in 2012 after I activated … erm … 250 free 7-day membership codes? Judging by the parent account which took me 10 minutes to find my way into, the membership is still not over, and won’t be over for at least the next 2 years.
So I go on Champ 344 and to Sleet, and my god has the game changed. New ideas for a party, new rooms, new designs, new map, new items, and something else was new. Can you guess? Yeah, no one goes on anymore. Then it hit me, trying to figure out why I thought it was worth spending all the time and effort on something which is practically gone now. Didn’t become close with a couple of those popular guys in school because I was too busy on the computer after school … didn’t reach that “amazing” level in football that I am striving for so hard right now since I was on my chair most of the time … and most importantly, didn’t get my first kiss till I was 19, because … girls? Who had time for it?! Clearly most, except me.
At the time it was fun, but here I am regretting every moment I spent on a virtual world which should have never consumed more than 20 minutes of my day if it was anything other than for leisure purposes. Thankfully I quit just in time to enjoy the most precious period in life, starting from 16. The slant switched from a negative decline, to a staircase to heaven.
As far as I can remember it, my time on Club Penguin (and Xat, I must mention) seems so short-lived, yet feels so long looking back at the years I lost. From creating an account in early-2007, to creating a blog months later, starting videos in 2008, then to starting write for popular blogs by 2010, and finally to become a complete Xat freak who bought and sold, lost and profited a whole lot of accounts, xats and money in the same year, I can confidently say that it was all. a. waste. I’m studying medicine now, and hooking up with this girl every now and then. Better? Definitely.
Although I have not blogged in a number of years, this day was a day to remember to always spend your precious time with people, in places, and for the things you love and that will last. For the aforementioned reason, I have written this post to remind, advise and provide you this experience of my own so you don’t fall for the same mistake.
As you can all imagine, I will most likely not be writing here again, or at least for the next few years as I have better things to do in life then sit and write my life story (oh, the irony). I do have a twitter which I am not very active on, though I still check it out every couple of weeks or so. You can follow me there on https://twitter.com/Champ344CP or just click: Champ344CP’s twitter.
Ali aka Champ344