• Anila Andezhath

Life - Tetris OR Chess?


Have you ever played Tetris in your life? If yes, then you will be able to relate to what I am going to say. If you haven't played this game before, I strongly suggest you play some before going ahead with this blog. I am not asking you to play chess as a lot of you must've seen and heard about that game so you have a fair idea of what it is.


We often pursue life through a lens that shows us to lead it like a Chess game. We think that we know the rules, that the game ends when you deliver checkmate, that there is a strategy to play this game but who is it we really are going to play with? Who is our opponent? I heard it somewhere that life should be looked at as playing Tetris and I am going to explain why it made total sense to me. I am sure a lot of you will be able to relate to the contents of this post.


Now for those of you who are aware of this game, there are pieces that keep coming your way, you have the option to twist it and move it to see where it fits best. If it doesn't fit anywhere, you keep it in one corner and wait for another piece as and when it comes to keeping the game on. What you don't know is which piece is going to come your way next but you do know that in order to keep playing the game, you will need to adjust the pieces to fit your requirement. As you progress in the game, the speed at which the pieces land increases and you have to catch up with it to keep playing.


Sometimes we don't find the right piece and have to adjust with whatever is thrown at us. The game won't change if we scream at the screen or curse the developer. It would be easier if we calm ourselves and be prepared for the next pattern and try to fix it wherever we can. The pieces won't change if we get mad at them. We can curse the game as much as we want but those rules are not going to change.


Now, let me use this analogy to explain to you, the causes of some of our self-inflicted pains. Just like the pieces of this game, life is uncertain. We cannot possibly be certain of what is going to happen next. Considering the situation that's going on right now, I am sure a lot of us didn't have the faintest idea that we would someday have to cover our face while traveling, maintain social distancing and all the other new changes that we are implementing not just in our personal life but also in our professional lives.


We, humans, have one thing no other creature is possessed with. The freedom of choice! The choice to be bitter or kind, to think negatively or positively, to accept situations or to run away from it. In this choice, lies all our reasons - reasons for our pain and reasons for our joy.


We see something happening in our life that is not according to our plan, we get confused often pissed and start to act out. What benefit do we derive from it? Wouldn't it be easier if we just thought that yes, life will throw pieces of different types? The better way to deal with it is to accept it, try to twist it if that's possible, and if it's not, then let's wait for the right time when it will all settle down.


Think about it! Try to test run this philosophy for a week and see if it helps. If it doesn't, all you have to do is go back to your old style of thinking. So, here I would like to end this blog with a quote by Alan Watts and it goes like this:


"Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone."


Anila Andezhath



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