FIFA 16 or LED bulbs? A story of aging

by DannyUK

Age is a funny thing. It struck me the other day how it can affect someone.


I still remember clearly the first time I saw a woman scantily-clad on a night out which was so cold it made me wonder why she wasn’t wearing something warmer. Before then, I’d have just enjoyed the view. The sad thing is that I was only in my late 20s at the time!

As I head rapidly towards my 40s there are some things that don’t change.

I still would much rather spend time indoors that having the hassle of going out somewhere. That’s been the same for as long as I can remember.

I also still play FIFA on the XBox as though it’s the most exciting thing in the world. Granted, twenty-something years ago it may not have been FIFA, but there has always been at least one game that I have played over and over, ever since the early days of the rubber-keyed ZX Spectrum which introduced me to computers.

This year I have refrained from buying the new FIFA. Not because I feel that I am growing up and don’t want to play any more. Nor for the reason that I have FIFA 15 and don’t want to buy FIFA 16 just to get a few updated teams and players. In fact, I really, really do want FIFA 16. But at £42 it just felt too expensive to justify buying right now.

I never put that thought down to anything other than a sensible way of thinking. I certainly didn’t consider that it was a very grown-up thing to do.

A couple of days later I was visiting Mrs DannyUK and we both had an excitedly animated conversation about LED bulbs.

FIFA 16 or LED lightbulbs? That's the stark choice I had to make as a responsible 37-year-old. What did I choose? Read more at

Oooooh, LED bulbs!

This led me to spend £32 on new bulbs for her kitchen, brought on by the revelation that not only are they brighter, but they are 90% cheaper to run and can last many years longer. (I won’t lie, even typing that out again has made me a little bit excited!)

In summary: I gave up buying the new version of a game I love because of the cost but spent three-quarters of the same cost on new light bulbs which I was absurdly happy about.

If that’s not the definition of growing up, then I don’t know what is!


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