I’m pretty sure I either made you chuckle or raise your brows with that title, eh? But it’s true. The best life lesson I learned in my life so far, I learned it from playing Scrabble.
Specifically, whenever my opponent gets a Scrabble.
For those who don’t know, getting a Scrabble is when you use all seven tiles in one turn. Which… I’m telling you, is hard and would need you a stroke of luck. Thing is, when you get a scrabble you get an additional 50 points along with the points you would have earned with the tiles. Which is kinda disheartening if it’s your opponent that’s getting a Scrabble.
I mean, if the guy got a scrabble and hit the Triple Word box? Whoo! That’s almost impossible to beat. So whenever I play with my aunts and someone gets a Scrabble, the game is automatically over. That person’s deemed winner and we put all the pieces back in the box. Game over.
But you can’t really do that in a tourney. Especially if you’re representing your class.
And you also can’t do that in Words with Friends. Unless you want your ego bruised and your failure witnessed virtually by a stranger that’s likely in the other side of the world.
But I don’t want my ego bruised by Scrabble or Words with Friends ever.
So what do I do, then?
I don’t give up.
Which is exactly the lesson I learned from Scrabble.
There are times in your life when you’ll get the worst seven-letter combinations to ever play with and it’ll feel like screaming “I give up!” and standing up and stepping away from the game is better than dealing with such horror. There will be times when the score you need to catch up to is high. Sooo high that it feels like you’ll never be able to pass it—much less reach it.
But look here, so long as you keep playing the game, so long as you try making do with what you have—you can even take one step back by losing a turn to change one or your entire tiles and start fresh—and so long as you don’t give up, you can reach the end with a head held high and your dignity intact.
Just keep going.
Who knows? Maybe you’ll even get your own Scrabble.
What’s your favorite game (it doesn’t necessarily have to be a board game, of course) and what life lesson have you learned from it, if there was any?
Happy playing, awesome peeps!