LIFE: It’s Not Just a Board Game

Do you remember board games?  I would assume you do.  You probably have even played a few of the more popular ones – Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Sorry.  My family grew up playing board games.  We would play them and have a hoot doing it.  My brother fell in love with board games and amassed a rather large collection that took up half his closet.

For me, there was always one game I loved more than the others.  It was…

LIFE Board Game

LIFE was amazing.  You could live in this make believe world.

You could go to college.  Have an incredible job just by choosing the right card.  You would spin that white dial and the magic number would always guide you to a happy place.  You could choose a life without college or with college.  You always got married.  Sometimes you had kids and other times you didn't.  You somehow found time to acquire real estate, take lavish vacations, win game shows or singing competitions or get a huge inheritance.  I always loved that one!  Can you say…CHA-CHING!!!

There was still an element of reality though.  You had to pay taxes or those student loans if you went to college.  You might lose your job and have to find a less than favorable second career.  You might downsize your house or never be grandparents.  You might take a modest vacation and you might make it all the way through the game of LIFE and have no money at retirement.

With the birth of the iPad, some of these classic games were being re-made by EA Sports.  I found the new and improved LIFE  game and quickly downloaded it.  As I played the game, I was struck by how real the game turned out to be.  Just as I remember it, all the joys and pitfalls were still present in the game except it now looks a lot better.  It has more flash!  However, I cannot help but think that our lives still mirror this wonderful game.

As the wheel spins, we hold our breath hoping to land on 7, 8, 9 or 10.  We want to maximize our pay-day's and minimize our losses.  You can now be sued more often in the electronic game which seems to happen more often in life.  We can't wait to get engaged, married and move on with the rest our life.  We want to accumulate as much wealth as possible so that at retirement we can live in the Millionaire Estates…to say that we have arrived!

Playing the game was as I remembered it, but I now look at the game with a fresh set of eyes that I want to share with you.  I thought this would make a great blog series, and so we shall begin our own little game of LIFE.

We will explore:

  • Career or College
  • Singleness vs Married Life
  • Childhood
  • Wealth Building and Generosity
  • Living Life
  • Mid-Life Crisis or Jubilance
  • The Golden Years
  • Retirement:  The Millionaire Estates or Country-Acres Estates
I might be too young to speak to some of these, but LIFE is about dreaming and living and thinking ahead.  I will share my thoughts on these subjects and I would love for you to play the game of LIFE with me.

Question:  Did you ever play the Game of LIFE?  What was your favorite board game?  You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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