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  • When you are young,
    you live in an elastic world.
    Within the sandy confines of your realm,
    you can stretch reality to make sense of the world.
    Nothing is out of reach,
    except the cookie jar.

    Swing like a pendulum
    to spot the castle beyond the treacherous mountains.
    Jump and grab onto the monkey bars,
    cross the rough waters while alligators snap their teeth at you.
    As the prophecy foretells,
    you pass the first threshold unharmed
    and find yourself in the fort of your arch-nemesis-of-the-day.
    Feed them the poison or negotiate a peace deal;
    Save the damsel in distress or empower her to find her own freedom;
    Slay the dragon or stage a non-violent direct action.
    No matter which path you choose,
    be forewarned that you must finish your quest before last call,
    when your mother instructs you to clean up for home.
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