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How Tetris is a Reflection of Life

People may recognize Tetris as a highly addictive puzzle game in which the player drops various blocks known as Tetrominoes along a vertical grid. EVERYBODY has played Tetris at one point or another. Creator Alexey Pajitov is the mastermind behind this wonderfully crafted game that dominates all formats of gaming. Whether it’s on home consoles, PC, or mobile devices; EVERYBODY has come into contact with Tetris. The game is undeniably a masterpiece not because it’s a great product, but because it also reflects a small microcosm of… life?

It may sound absurd, but it’s completely true. Late one night I decided to boot up Tetris for at least a round. I could’ve been playing anything else in my collection but no, I gravitated towards Tetris. In the midst of my insomnia-fueled Tetris session I reflected back on my day. That’s when something sort of clicked in my head…

I thought back to how much simpler life was when I was younger. Like everyone else, it all started with baby steps. Early years are all about establishing a foundation for yourself. Finding one’s footing is an integral part of growing up. Sure there’s bound to be some booboos but nothing that can’t be patched up by a little Flintstones bandage.

As we grow a little we begin to build on top of our previous experiences. “Testing the waters” as they say. We learn to be judicious about our actions and really get an idea of what makes the world around us tick.

With age we naturally become bolder and explore other possibilities. It is human nature to challenge and push ourselves outside of our comfort zone. Without the necessity of risk, our life would grow stagnant and dull. It’s all about looking ahead and staying focused.

Life is good when all the right pieces fall into place…

But it’s not always like that. You’ll be forced to recognize the error of your ways. Everybody makes mistakes…

There will be moments where life seems insurmountable. With perseverance, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel…

No matter how hard life may seem at any given moment. Just remember that it is easier with friends. A heck of a lot of fun too!

Sometimes it’s about finding the right person…

Or getting rid of the wrong one…

There will always be moments that you regret…

As you get older and more experienced, life moves much quicker. At times it’s hard to catch up with everything. Doing your best and rolling with the punches is essential to survival…

In the end, there will be time to reflect on your mistakes as well as your accomplishments. But it’s not so bad when you can be at ease knowing that you’ve done your best.

A beautiful masterpiece. Truly.

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