Life isn’t a game.

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Life, despite popular belief, isn’t a game. It’s the prize.

If you suspect that life might, in truth, be a game, your next step might be to try to figure out what kind of game it is. My recommendation is that you skip that step altogether. Instead, ask yourself what you think the goal might be: a) to win or b) to have fun.

Not that those two are mutually exclusive, but rather to note that they are a) not the same, and b) winning is what happens when the game is over. Hence, in all likelihood, longevity-wise, not the fun it’s cracked up to be.

On the other hand, it’s easy to understand why we make that mistake – thinking that life is a game. Because when we are playing a game, and the game is good and we are playing well, we feel more, well, alive. And we call it “fun.” But the real fun of fun is not because of the game, it’s because of the experience of aliveness, of being in life, in the whole of it, completely. That’s the prize, if you want to call it that, the feeling of being alive. Like the feeling you get when just jump into the swimming pool without even testing how cold the water is first (just look at the dog in the photo!), or the feeling of almost drowning in your lover’s  eyes (look at the photo again, lol), or the feeling you get when you watch animals at play: the sheer aliveness of it all.

And as long as we think of it as a game, especially one that we think we can win, we pretend that we haven’t won yet. We pretend that when we win, and only when we win, we’ll have something we can really celebrate, something we can delight in, victory at last. When all along, the fun, the aliveness we’ve been experiencing is the only victory that counts. The only victory.

And isn’t that just like life?

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41 thoughts on “Life isn’t a game.

    1. Thank you! That means a lot to me! 🙂
      Apparently, that’s what I was trying to achieve thru this blog–to share my otherwise unconventional ways of viewing things–and somehow by it, I will be able to entice curiosity from my readers and (*hopefully*) they’ll eventually consider such views and learn from them.
      I am by nature an out-of-the-box thinker, I guess, if there’d be such a category.
      Just so to be clear though, my posts bears no strings attached to them 🙂
      Thanks once again for the compliment!

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  1. I agree with your post! “And as long as we think of it as a game, especially one that we think we can win, we pretend that we haven’t won yet. We pretend that when we win, and only when we win, we’ll have something we can really celebrate, something we can delight in, victory at last. When all along, the fun, the aliveness we’ve been experiencing is the only victory that counts. The only victory.” I think I will quote you in my upcoming blog, only if you don’t mind!

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    1. Yes. I’m a firm believer on that too. Eternity is our reward and it is mainly dependent on how we chose to live our lives in this world in response to the grace of God. While trying to savor our prize in this called ‘game of life’ we should never forget to live our lives in view of our impending reward too 🙂
      Thanks Tom and Audrey for the wisdom! Glad I found you here! 🙂

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      1. Yeah. I was blown out with that line too! Haha. Tom and Audrey are wonderfully amazing and wisdom-filled people. You should check out their blog too, mainly showcasing their journeys thru photos with lovely bits of wisdom and inspiration thrown in between. Just click on their link appearing in this comment section 🙂

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  2. Agree with your views.
    I once met this lady who had a tattoo of “Life is like a game, you get what your delt.” And a hand of cards.
    I never understood why she got it.
    Like yes life can be a fun game. But, you can always change the cards you’ve been delt. It’s not permanent. Because those cards I may have been delt are not the outcome to my life.

    I hope I made sense😂 hard to comment through a cellphone.

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    1. Yeah. You’re right, we can actually “defy” the cards we’ve been dealt in life. Coincidentally, I’ve written about the matter here in my blog not long in the past, thought you might want to check it out and tell me your thoughts about it 🙂
      https://viewpointsofandrei.com/2016/11/10/play-the-hands-youre-dealt
      Pleasure having you here, Karen 🙂 I find it hard to comment using my ipad too, hahaha, it has this auto-correct set up and it tend to mess up the words sometimes, notwithstanding the literally minute keypad!

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        1. It’s my pleasure. It was only thru my desire to offer up a little bit of inspiration and something to think about out into the world. And, acknowledgements such as this warms my heart and motivates me to share more.
          Thank you. I appreciate the generous gesture. All the best to Zaggolenews!

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