warning: this is gonna sound weird and dorky if youve never played pokemon as an older kid or an adult, but i dont know why you wouldn’t have
you know how as a kid when you were playing one of the main series pokemon games and like
you’d get your starter pokemon right at the beginning
and you’d be like “wow, cool! this guy’s so cool” and he’s with you while you’re battling on the first few routes before you get pokeballs and so by the time you get to the point where you start catching other little weak low-level pokemon, your starter is already on a noticeably higher level than anything you’re catching
so as a kid you’re like “this guy’s so strong and cool! i’m gonna battle with him so much!” and you continue through the game barreling past the first couple of gyms with just your main guy and he’s leveling up and getting stronger but any other pokemon you catch rarely ever see the light of day in battle let alone actually get any focused training
that’s usually about when your starter evolves for the first time and you’re like “holy crap, this guy is AWESOME! i don’t need these other guys at all, they’re so weak. i can probably just make it in this game just by training this one guy.”
and then you run into a gym leader that uses a type that’s super-effective against your starter and you start realizing that oh no, wait, maybe just putting all your effort into the one guy might not have been the best decision. but what are you gonna do? this gym leader’s pokemon are all at level 30 and your main guy might be at level 40 but you don’t have even one other pokemon in your party that’s at a level higher than like 15. so you just get stuck grinding your main guy for ages until it’s at a high enough level for the type weakness to even out and scrape past the gym and move onto the next one, which you fly past because you’ve kind of forced yourself into being even more focused on just the one guy. all your time and effort has gone into training this one single pokemon and even though it might be really awesome, you literally only have that one thing to rely on and if the game throws you a curveball and he gets knocked out, you’re pretty much dead in the water because none of your other pokemon are even sort of up to par with your place in the game.
normally as a kid you just get mad and grind at the elite four for weeks and then get tired of it and play a different game
but if you’ve played any of the main series games as an older kid or as an adult, and if you pay any attention to the game at all, you understand how important it is to give the same amount of attention to all six pokemon you’re carrying at any time. you start seeing the specific and unique strengths and weaknesses of every guy you have available to you and realizing that keeping a well-thought-out and well-balanced team of pokemon makes you less likely to be completely decimated the moment you’re faced with anything that challenges one of your main strengths. some people even throw out the main guy they started with in favor of something new that they’ve found that seems to work better for the way that they play the game. ultimately you realize that you can’t focus all of your effort on one thing that you’re really confident in, you’ve gotta split up your time and make sure to develop all of the little things that you’ve picked up along the way, because if you don’t keep yourself well-rounded you’re going to keep finding yourself in situations where you’re completely out of your league the moment your main thing can’t solve them.
and i knew that about pokemon since i was like 13 but i only just recently realized that it’s one of the most powerful and genuine life lessons i’ve ever accidentally learned