If Life were a Video Game (Part 1: The Extra Man)

I don’t play a lot of video games, but I love Super Mario. It’s a classic! It’s so exciting to see Mario fearlessly go from level to level on a mission to save Princess Peach. If he messes up on the way, no harm done because he’s got an “extra man” and he can pick back up where he left off.

For those of you who may have been video game deprived (or even worse, never experienced the awesomeness that is Super Mario. Gasp!), an extra man is basically “another life.” If Mario makes contact with an enemy or takes a nasty fall, then the level will use his “extra man” to start that level over again so that he has another opportunity to complete it.

Wouldn’t it be nice if life played out like that? Wouldn’t it be nice if EVERY time we made a wrong decision, we could start that exact same level over again? (Sometimes we can, but not always.)

Wouldn’t it be nice if every time life brought us a challenge we didn’t want to face, we could use a special star that would make us invincible to go through problem areas unscathed? That isn’t life. We hurt. We bruise. We stumble. We fall. However, like Mario, we can use our mishaps as lessons of what not to do the next time.

Life is full of so much pressure. One decision, one mistake can change everything, and that can be scary. However, sometimes the decision can work out for the better. (Like when Mario has fire flower power and opts to shoot fireballs at his enemies rather than jump on top of their heads.) Sometimes you’ll sail through life’s levels, and sometimes you’ll mess up a few times before you “get it right.” But another tragedy is if you don’t try at all, you’ll never know. Don’t do yourself a disservice by never trying. You may just be an incredible success just waiting to happen. Happy jurist journey!

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