100 steps to victory…

Our life should have a destination. A goal we set ourselves to reach soon. Let us say that goal we shall reach in one hundred steps. Does it sound too good to be true? Well, possibly it is, because it never ends up as exactly one hundred steps. Picture our life to be a game of say, snakes and ladders. We’ve all played it at one point or another in life, right?

We need to first throw a six on the single dice to get started on the board. In our life, that six can be anything that first gives us an indication on what is that one dream, the destination where we want to reach. We’re usually very young then; too early to place a time frame on that dream. We’re young adventurous, colorful pawns setting out on a journey.

Each of our moves is limited to the number on the dice. In our life, it’s the decisions we take that get us our number. And yes, it is mixed with a lot of good luck too. If we choose right, we advance fast. If we choose wrong, the journey is longer. If our mindset is positive and accepting the mistake, we say the adventure of life is continuing. If not, we mourn that the journey is so perilous and at times, we are reluctant to throw the dice on fear of getting a wrong number.

Some steps end at a ladder. In our life too, it’s the same thing. By sleight of hand, and turn of the dice, we end up getting a good move. Remember the decisions you took after lot of thought, lot of worry and even making the final decision fearfully? Remember when they turned out to be right, and the elation felt amazing as you climbed up? That was your ladder. Every one of us have that in our journey. Sometimes, our luck just so happens that we miss that ladder by a step or two. That’s again when that mindset I talked of earlier comes into play.

Beware the snakes. In my board, I once remember having a snake that started at the box 99, and ended at the box 24. I remember having succumbed to that one snake maybe eleven times in one single game. Some are this long, some just one level. There is a saying… “The higher up you climb, greater the risk of falling.” That doesn’t mean we stop climbing, does it? The snakes in life are numerous, considerably outnumbering the ladders. They can be anything from bad decisions, to envious backbiters; friends turned foes, to losing our vision of the destination. Even if we’re pulled down, there is only one direction that we as the pawn can move. That’s forward.

You’re wondering, why do I talk of decisions in throwing the dice? Surely we can’t decide what number the dice should fall to, correct? That’s right. As much similar to a game of snake and ladders life is, there’s just one small difference. In life, the decisions we make IS the dice.


JJ challenged me on the page, “Inspire my art” to “write a post (not poem or any form thereof) about playing life as a game and compare it to any one major board game you may have played and liked. Draw a detailed sketch of this game of life along with the rules, penalties, bonuses etc.” so, glad to say, “Art – inspired, and painted.”


(’12. feb 10.) / (Image Source, via Google Image Search)

Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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