Life is Like a Game of Chess

“No one wins a game of chess by only moving forward, sometimes you have to move backwards to put yourself in a position to win. In life, U-turns are allowed.”

I used to get so frustrated at how unfair life was at times. Each time I made one step forward, it was like, BOOM! Something came along to pull me two steps back. Yeah, an arrow has to be pulled back in order for it to propel forward and the farther it’s pulled back, the greater the distance it travels. If you can convince yourself of this way of thinking, I guess it will keep you motivated for a while. At least until life pulls you back again. 

If that doesn’t work for you,  then think of life as a  game of chess. Players don’t win by only moving forward, they must also move backwards across the board. The same goes for life, just as chess players have to sometimes move backwards to win a match, life has to pull us back to get you to that win. When life takes you two moves back, don’t ask why, reevaluate your position. 

Like on a chessboard, in life, not all dead ends are dead ends, sometimes they are u-turns. U-turns into the direction of a new job, a new relationship, a new life or new opportunities. Don’t be afraid to rethink, reimagine and start over, even the best-laid plans can fall apart, don’t fall apart with it. Don’t get frustrated when life seems unfair, evaluate your next move and you could just win the game. 


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