A young boy in a vast expanse runs from a multitude of Tetris pieces as far as the eye can see pressing in on him in the darkness.

I don’t think I realized this
in the ’90s
when I spent my Saturday mornings
dropping multicolored geometric shapes without end,
but if you stop to think about it
Tetris is a surprising apt analogy for life in general.

  • The only way to get rid of your mistakes
    is to work diligently to turn them into opportunities.
  • You have almost enough time
    to figure out what you’re doing
    before everything speeds up.
  • Complaining doesn’t let you take a move back,
    nor will it make the next piece any better.
  • Sometimes you get a piece that has no use
    and you have to figure out how to make it work anyway.
  • Everyone hates a square.
  • And above all else
    the pieces will always keep falling
    whether you’re ready for them or not.

I admit that life isn’t as entertaining as Tetris
and that the soundtrack is frequently worse
so the analogy isn’t perfect,
but neither is life
most of the time.