The Possibility Paradox

When you haven’t done anything yet, or made any mistakes, it’s easy to be full of optimism. Life is like a board game, full of possibility. But once you start making choices, other paths necessarily close off. That’s just the way it is. Sometimes you can rectify a mistake, or catch up on something you neglected, but generally if you pass up a chance early in the game, it doesn’t come around again. Yet, you can’t simply do nothing. It’s your turn and you have to make a move. And if you realize you’re playing the wrong game halfway through? Tough. Soldier on, buddy.

5 responses to “The Possibility Paradox

  1. I had a childhood friend who had a maddening ability to win at Monopoly about three out of four games. The way he did it was to buy everything he landed on, no matter how little money he had. I always wondered if it would work the same way in life, but I think it was just a glitch in the design of the game structure.

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  2. Otherwise, I wanted to say I can’t quite agree with you. Not 100% It’s why I’m moving to California–sort of. Life might be like a series of board games. (?)

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    • I suppose it depends on specifics. I can’t redo/undo educational and career mistakes and lost opps at my age. Not enough time or money. I could try to meet someone and “fix” my single status, but I’d have to believe in the possibility again, which is difficult after all the documented failures. It’s all a mindset, I suppose, with some people refusing to ever give up or think negatively no matter what. In a movie, they’d be rewarded for that mindset. In real life… idk.

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      • I thought of that, too. Certain things do seem like an ever narrowing path with fewer and fewer branches, and I took that to be the general idea of your remarks. But, I guess you could say, on a macro scale, you can still “start with a clean slate,” or “turn a new leaf” sometimes. But even those possibilities seem to become more and more limited.
        You know, just now I may have stumbled across a clue as to why in my lifetime I always enjoyed getting new jobs, and why I had so many.

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