Last night, because of a lack of anything better to do since we live in the middle of nowhere, Eric and I played Life (and Sorry! Lots and lots of Sorry!). I don't think I've really played Life since middle school, when Jeanie and I would play it all the time. That was also before she started going by "Jean." In the game, I was a female and chose to wear pink. My car was British so I drove it from the right side. Eric was male and chose to wear blue. His car was not British. My husband sat in the backseat of the car so that people wouldn't think that he was driving from the left side, because I was driving my British car. Eric had two sons, one who wore pink and one who wore blue. They sat safely in the back of the car. I had no kids.
Life, the game, is very unrealistic in many ways. First of all, I was a teacher, but making $80,000 whereas Eric was an accountant, but earning $40,000. Halfway through the game I had a midlife crisis and became a police officer and made $100,000. Now I'm pretty sure most teachers and police do not make that much money, but I could be wrong.
Other parts of the game were realistic, however. Like the rules. We didn't have the rules sheet so we made it up as we went. That's what I do in real life. In fact, my motto this past semester was "fake it till you make it" because that's what you have to do sometimes. Life doesn't necessarily give you the rules all the time so you have to figure it out as you go along. But, this can lead to problems. Luckily Eric and I didn't argue about the rules, or lack of rules. But if I was playing with other people, big problems could have come about. Just like in real life.
Luck also played a role in the game, just as it does in real life. Your fate depended on the spin of the wheel and where you landed on the board. You didn't have control of everything that happened to you. You never knew when your house would burn down or someone would get sick or when you'd go on an African Safari or win some sort of prize. Maybe you have luck, maybe you don't. Maybe life will be easy, maybe it won't. Who knows?
I won the game, and along the way won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Pulitzer, and built a better mousetrap. None of which will happen in real life.