Any talk about life and all its abstract concepts always lights up my old weary soul. But on that day, I was too tired and too cold to ever bother adding my opinions and views to the conversation. And honestly, I know nothing about the game of cards hence the monotonous conversation. I heard him say something about knowing the rules of the game, pin code and other Greek-like sounding words that were trying to penetrate my tired, cold ears...But to no avail. I was tired, I was cold and I was out of listening capacity.
As if the radio station could sense the conversation we were having, the Kenny Rogers classic, the Gambler started playing. That croaked deep voice of country music brought life back to me and almost immediately, I was awake, singing along to one of the most famous songs ever made.
As I was singing along to the song, the words hit me. For a second there, it seems like I had a revelation. This guy was talking about life! Like my friend, he was suggesting that life is like a game of cards and the lyrics to this popular chorus became a guide to me on how to play this game of life.
Like the gambler told that guy, most of us have run out of aces in our lives, and every gambler knows that the secret to winning in a game is knowing what to keep, knowing what to throw away and knowing when to walk away. Same secret applies in life. You have to know what to hold on, not everything, every situation or every relationship in your life is serving towards your growth. You have to let go of some, or walk away from certain situations, certain friendships, certain circumstances for you to grow.
As the best seller song suggested, never count your money at the table before the deal is done. We love to anticipate and focus on the winning only even before the deal is done, and when events take a drastic turn, we are always caught off guard.
Like a gambler, understanding the basic rules of this game, life, is the only way to survive. Even if you feel like you don't know what you are doing in life, understand that it's a game and that even the best sometimes lose and on other days they win. But most importantly, never forget to play the game.