The Game of Life

unnamed[1]My 15 year old played The Game of Life the other day*

“It’s really fun – we should get it.”

I didn’t have the heart to tell her that Life is nothing like life. Life is a lot of things, but (mostly) life is a four letter word.

 

Those who know me know that I swear like a sailor, like a shipload of sailors, like a fleet of sailors. For those of you who don’t know me, welcome to my world! I’m Tracey, and I’ll be your guide. I grew up in Camarillo, home to the old and insane.** Being neither, I moved away to seek my fame and fortune in the wilds of Los Angeles (I didn’t find fame or fortune, but I did find a big bear who followed home).  Being both, I returned to Camarillo. I live with two kids (the one I birthed and the one I married) and no cats, because they make me sneeze and wheeze. Plus, they’re cats.

Where was I? Ah yes, swearing. I’ve been a fan of four letter words since I was young and thought I knew it all. Now that I’m not and I don’t, I have learned some brand news ones, which I would love to share with you.

Today’s word is life

From Miriam-Webster

Life noun \ˈlīf\

  • : the ability to grow, change, etc., that separates plants and animals from things like water or rocks
  • : the period of time when a person is alive
  • : the experience of being alive

That’s the dictionary’s definition.

Life is so much more. Like most four letter words, it’s messy and foul, and I often find myself using other four letter words when it doesn’t go the way I want it to. It’s also amazingly beautiful, if you know where to look.

I think I’ve discovered the secret to life – she’s a BITCH (Beautiful, Interesting, Terrifying, Childlike and Hard) who wants us to grow and change. She’s a fierce teacher, who will knock you down if you’re not paying attention. She’s also an amazing companion who can take you for a wild ride, if you let her.

I made the mistake of letting Fear scare me away from living last year. This year, I’m getting in the car, taking the top down, and letting her drive.

I think Vivian Greene put it best:

viviangreene

So, tell me. What life lessons have you learned? Did you choose to learn them the easy way or the hard way?

 

*Ok, it was last month. Time is a wibbly-wobbly, timey wimey thing

** Camarillo used to be home to Camarillo State Hospital (now CSUCI) and Leisure Village (Leisure Village is still there. I live down the street)

 

 

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6 responses to “The Game of Life

  1. I have tried to learn from other people’s mistakes as much as possible – but that hasn’t saved me from having to learn the hard way on a lot of things.

    There are plenty of times where a tough situation will happen and my first response is “but I’m a kid, I shouldn’t be doing this” until I realize that I am not a kid which makes it even more scary sometimes…

    The biggest life lesson that I have tried to learn – but seem to be failing at – is that if a person doesn’t take care of themselves enough they can’t help others… If anyone has a magic wand to get that one in my thick head I’d appreciate it 🙂

  2. It is so easy to take on other’s problems(especially family members), which makes your own Life seem even harder. Unfortunately taht seems to be an issue for women only, not men.I

  3. Suzy Barker

    Like this post – I find that sometimes life has to be grabbed by the scruff of the neck and given a good shake!

  4. Thank you! I find that giving life a good shake is really good at getting me out of a rut. You have to be careful though – sometimes she bites!

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