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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)

TITLE: Life is a game
By Zoe A. Onah


Life is a game. We all start at the starting line. At different dates sometimes. We may be born on the same day but we don't necessarily finish the race on the same day. Life is a game!

The first move in the game is pretty much the same at the start for all of us. We drink white stuff. They tell us it is somehow good for us. The ones who tell us this, mouth "mummy" and "daddy" to us. They sing to us repetitive songs and make funny faces at us when we cry. They read books that tell them the rule of the game for the first few years of our lives. Why? It is not their game. It is ours. Life is a game.

Then the rules start getting complicated. They, the ones who call themselves mummy and daddy, start bringing in new rules to the game. They appear to be mapping out our lives. What school to go to and so on, is all they talk about at dinner time. They tell us we are children and therefore can't make such decisions. So we, the CHILDREN, start the count down to 21. The old folks with false teeth, (we love them whenever they visit by the way), they too take sides with mummy and daddy. Grandpa and Grandma advise them how to chart our lives in the course they think we should go. Everyone is having a meeting on how they think we should play this game. It is not theirs to play. Life is a game.

The teenage years roll on. The rules have changed. But only slightly. We now know what we want but they still tell us they are the boss around here. Grrrr! Can't think why because we now know how to play this game too. Shouts and arguments compete with peace and quiet in the home. We are told we are trying to cheat in the game. We want to take the fast lane. They want us to take the slow lane. They 'advise' we should take life slow so we live long. Who ever heard a funnier thing? Who worries about living till 50 anyway? It’s centuries away anyway! Who has fun at that age anyway? Now is the time to have fun. Life is a game.

The long awaited twenties arrive. Count down day has finally arrived. Thought it would never come. Now we have legal rights to determine how WE want to run our lives. We move away from 'the' parents as far away as possible. Go to a far off university or college. Don’t want to be under the spot light one millisecond longer. Life is so exciting now. Parties, late night, cars, alcohol, you name it. We get our college degrees after three or four years of three-hour sleep nights. We travel round the world on a budget, sleeping on floors and working in bars to pay for the next trip. We own the world. Not a spot or wrinkle on our lovely skin. How can we ever possibly grow old? Life is a game.

Then one day not too long after, we wake up and realise it is a façade. We are tired of being broke. Tired of being disgusted. Tired of hangovers. Parties, drink and late nights are not all that it is set out to be after all. Won't obviously admit this to the 'old man' and 'old woman', aka dad and mum! That bloke that's always 'preaching' on the sidewalk at the town square, the one we always thought as loony and always ridiculed, says something that catches our ears. Life is a game.

He tells us of Jesus. He tells us how to play the true game of life. No more cheating, no more taking wrong turns, no more dead ends. "The path is narrow", he says, "but it is the right path." We thought we knew the rules. Life is a game.

We are learning the new rules every day. But we don't need to know all the rules to start the game. But play the game we do! We learn new rules as we go along. This game is a better version than the other one. Life is a game.

Sometimes we make mistakes, sometimes we don't. But in this game, we always win. It is the game of life with Jesus in our team!

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Yvonne Blake 09/18/08
smile...I was waiting for you to describe the later years. Good thoughts at the end, but you kind of ran out steam. It's hard with the word count, but the beginning was great!
Melanie Kerr 09/19/08
I enjoyed the repetition of the phrase "Life is a game." I thought yu might bring it round full circle with children of your own and trying to instill upon them the rules of the game you had been taught. The children turning out to be just like the parents.
Valarie Sullivan09/19/08
I liked the repetition of "life is a game". Too bad you didnt have enough room to continue with the life with children of their own and coming 'full circle'.
You described teenagers very well!