I mean I really REALLY like it.
Air hockey is fast, strategic and you can hurt yourself if you're not paying attention.
Tonight, I schooled 2 little boys (and coached them as they played each other) at air hockey and as I did I realized what a superb metaphore for life air hockey actualy is.
It moves fast. You HAVE to pay attention in air hockey. There is little time, if any, to celebrate the points you score becuase your opponant will score one on you before you even notice it if you take your eyes off the table. Lesson: Stay focused.
Strategy counts. You can't just hit the puck back at your foe like you're returning a tennis serve in air hockey. You have to notice their strengths and weaknesses immediatly then exploit them - for your personal gain, of course. It takes lightening fast reflexes, even faster executive function and finesse wins points as effectively and as often as old fashioned brute strength. Lesson: Always be thinking, 2 steps ahead, about how to get what you want.
Use caution. It's not uncommon, especially for novices, to get hurt somehow while getting into air hockey. Details as seemingly small as how you stand up against the table can determine if you walk away with battle scars or not. It's a lot to think about, I know - kinda' like golf. Lesson: Be aware of your surroundings and who you're surrounded by.
Air hockey - a metaphore for life.