The Game of Life

By Amari D. Pollard

Since entering college, I’ve noticed a change in the way I conduct myself. It’s as if there’s a hidden sense of urgency behind everything ICOLLEGE-CARD do. There’s the need to get the 4.0, to attain the credentials to boost the résumé, to be the best…

As I look around my campus, I see all of the new friends I’ve made in the past year, but I also see something else…my competition.

It’s really easy for people to understand the purpose of a sports game like lacrosse; the objective is to win. We understand that losing emits negative feelings, while winning emits positive feelings. Those truths are easy for us to comprehend, but it seems that people have a harder time realizing that the competition doesn’t end when you leave the field.

Not all aspects of life have to be competitive, but in the grand scheme of things, life is a game whether you believe it or not, whether you like it or not. And we’re all playing it right now.

The moment we entered college, we started a new game that will take up the next four years of our lives [and it might take longer for some of us]. Today, it seems as if good jobs are few and far between, and everyone is looking for one of them. It is very possible the people we’re now smiling at in the hall will be the people we’re staring down across the receptionist’s office while we wait in line for an interview.

There needs to be a sense of urgency behind everything you do. By successfully completing those tasks, you’re jumping a few more spaces towards the winners’ circle. And isn’t that what everyone really wants in the end: to come on top; to say they won the game of life?

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