Recognizing Passion in the Pokémon Go Craze

SwimmersOur daughter and grandkids just left after a five-day visit. It was Grandma heaven. We spent one afternoon at the beach on Lake Michigan. The waves were perfect—high whitecaps that never ended. Molly and Papa Rich were in the water for almost two hours. Tommy joined them occasionally, but was more interested in following Pokémon Go along the beach and pier. I accompanied him once so he could venture out to the end of the pier in search of Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle.


As I followed along behind him, I had to steer him out of the path of oncoming pedestrians who smiled, recognizing the intense focus of a Pokémon Go player. Besides, many of them were engaged in the same activity. Tommy gave me a running account of what character he spotted and how rare each was. A part of me thought, we’re at this beautiful beach and all these people are staring at their phones. And then I realized, this is Passion – my “One Little Word” for the year.


Tommy's rendering of Pikachu
Tommy’s rendering of Pikachu

Isn’t this what I wrote about back in January? Finding something that compels you to such distraction you lose track of time and place. Granted, some people are walking into walls, falling off cliffs (according to my grandkids) and crashing into police cars (don’t play and drive!), but most people are enjoying the game responsibly. Yes, they’re in the zone. And yes, they’re enjoying life.



Exactly what I do when I write.


I’m not chasing Squirtle, but I am chasing ideas, plot, characters, settings and themes. I may not be walking down the pier, but my mind is coursing across a sea or creeping along an underground tunnel. I am as focused as the Pokémon Go players. My gaze is locked on my computer screen, I don’t hear what’s going on around me, and when I surface, I need a minute to adjust my vision to the real world.




Are you this passionate when you write?








6 thoughts on “Recognizing Passion in the Pokémon Go Craze

    • Elizabeth Meyette says:

      Yes, leaving the 18th century to return to the 21st century is always a bit disconcerting, isn’t it, Becky? LOL

  1. Kathleen Shaputis says:

    Excellent – when writing, I am not sitting at a computer or holding a notebook on my lap with my pen making scribbles, I am enmeshed in the characters and plot line of my story. So glad my passion is far less dangerous! Lol, people should learn to look up while they’re walking. Like in driving, you don’t look just at the road ahead of you, you “should” also be watching for children to dart out or animals, your rear view mirror and more. Sorry, I’ll step off my soapbox and get back to my writing.

    • Elizabeth Meyette says:

      Some of the stories about Pokemon Go players are quite unbelievable. Of course, the same could be true of people walking and texting. I wonder if our species will evolve a physical “third eye” that will watch the road while we game. LOL Hey, that could be the premise of a sci-fi…gotta go write…

    • Elizabeth Meyette says:

      Elaine, as I watched Tommy so absorbed in his game, I saw myself at my laptop. It’s not different, I just stay in one place–it’s safer for everyone LOL

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