Isn't life kinda like solitaire?
I have not lost it! Trust me! I am serious. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that life is so much like solitaire and unlike FreeCell
- Once you start a game of solitaire, you can't restart it (unlike FreeCell). You have to just move on with the game. Kinda like life. Once you take on some challenge or task, you can't restart or redo anything... most of the times... You just gotta follow the path ahead of you. There's no looking back or starting over.
- Your "undo" option is very limited. You can undo only one move each time. Its the same with FreeCell... but why undo there when you can restart the game? In life also, often, we can't undo many of the things we do, or unspeak certain things that might have hurt someone. What's done is done. Things will undo themselves only if you are lucky.
- The previous point leads on to this one... make a silly mistake that can't be undone, then you get tuck somewhere or the other and are forced to think your way out. Sometimes, there is just no way out. Game over. Isn't life also like that? We get stuck at times and have to really put our minds to the situation to get ourselves out of the mess we got ourselves into. Sometimes, there is no way out...
- Solitaire is a timed game. The longer you take to complete it, the lesser points you score. In FreeCell you have all the time in the world to complete the game. Isn't life also a timed game? Its not like our stay here is permanent. We just don't have time very often to take our own time! (make sense?). And in some cases, some of our actions lose their value as we keep delaying them. Have you ever been through a situation where you make a mistake and apologize too late? Or when you feel that the apology from someone else came out too late? Thats just one example. There are several others.
- Imagine you are in the middle of a game of solitaire. You have just placed an eight spade on nine hearts. Now you have seven diamonds and hearts to choose from. They lie on top of two decks of cards and you badly need an ace of something to win the game. This ace could be under either of the sevens. How do you make your decision? There is no answer to that question. You couldn't possibly predict what card lies underneath each seven. You just have to take a chance. If you get the ace, then well... YAY! But if you don't, you can't really blame yourself, can you? It was a damned if you did, damned if you didn't situation. Don't we face such situations in life also? Where we have no idea which is the right way to go or the right thing to do? Where we have no choice but to take a shot in the dark?
- Sometimes we win the game by some really smart move... some totally brilliant move... A move which you thought you weren't capable of thinking out on your own... then you feel so proud that you can't stop smiling and you deal again to see if you can spot that brilliance again in a different game. Don't we have that spark of brilliance every now and then which helps us get through some task or challenge and encourages us to go on with another one?
It is said that every game of FreeCell can be won. Some games are just more difficult than the others. But all can be won. And you can also choose your game in FreeCell. If you don't like game#15647, then you can play game#2897.
Do you believe every game in life can be won some way or the other? Do you believe you can truly choose your own path, make your own decisions? Or do you believe that not every problem has a solution and that you are rarely totally free to make a decision that is solely yours?
Life... A game of solitaire, or a game of FreeCell??