Chess: Is It a Game of Life?
There have been many comparisons to life and the game of chess.
I often lay in bed at night and think of different chess moves, strategies, and game plans.
During my mental chess game I sometimes get lost with life situations and end up comparing the two.
I’ve been playing Chess for a few years now and I must say I love it.
I try to play daily and usually do.
I often hear people say it’s too complicated or difficult to learn, but in my opinion the basics are easy.
It doesn’t take that long to learn, but mastering it takes a lifetime.
I think life can be compared to chess because it’s about making moves that ultimately will give you an advantage or disadvantage.
Some moves you might make can bring a negative outcome, but you have to adjust and figure out how to regroup.
Some moves you make now may not show you the negative effects of that move until many moves later.
Wins and losses are guaranteed in life, but you have to keep moving forward and constantly rearrange your game plan for the next journey.
It’s about making the best decision possible with what you’ve been given in the situation presented.
Often we have no control over what is thrown our way in life, but we do have control over how we react.
Never regret your decisions and look at every mistake as a lesson to improve. Mistakes are a part of life.
A bad move can’t be reversed just like most poor decisions in life, but that doesn’t mean it’s over.
Take a step back, acknowledge your mistake and figure out another stratagem.
In the long run experience is learned and you become a better decision maker.
I can remember when I first learned how to play.
If I remember correctly I did not win a single game until after at least 100 tries.
It was frustrating, but with every loss my mind was expanded and I eventually got better.
I got to see different moves.
Was a part of different situations and was able to apply past experiences to things that were going on in the present and act accordingly.
Life works like that as well.
We are built to use past experiences to understand situations we go through in life.
That is the reason why going through things make you wiser and at times better.
You open up your mind to something it couldn’t grasp before.
So keep playing and as you lose you will continue to get better.
Eventually you will find your game.
Continue to improve on your craft.
Master it, and keep on pressing forward constantly trying new things and teaching others what it takes to become great.
I’m so thankful for the person who taught me.
Not only did I learn a new game I am now passionate about.
It also taught me a little more about life.
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