Lessons Learned From Playing Ludo

by Chanté Classen

About a week ago, Nate (The Boyf), Quen (The Bro) and I started playing a game (nope, it was not Subway Surfers or Pokémon Go)… it’s called Ludo. It was interesting because it is a game I’m sure many of you are familiar with. I particularly enjoyed playing it now because it was a game my SisterGirl (Nel) and I used to play at our friend’s house (yeah, sharing friends was a THING for us… what was hers was mine and vice versa) when we were much, much younger. Funny enough, this friend’s name is ‘Chanell’ too, but spelt – ‘Chanel’. 

For those of you, who may have no idea what I’m talking about, please check it out here. But, for a brief synopsis:  it is a board game, embodying 4 different colours and each colour has 4 coins/tokens which it accommodates. The aim of the game is to get all 4 tokens ‘home’.

Funny enough, while playing this game, Nate and I realised that there were four key (life) lessons which could be extracted from it.

  1.  Always Create Options

Within Ludo, it is not safe to just play with one token on the board. To get farther (oh, before you try to gun me, I did not make a spelling error…  one uses “farther” for physical distance and “further” for metaphorical, or figurative, distance. Just putting it out there #GrammarGirl). To be safe, one ought to get out as many tokens as one can in order to have many options when it’s one’s turn to move/play.

Comparably, in life, if we create many options for ourselves, it is easier to navigate our way to where we want to be – our ultimate goal! If ‘option A’ doesn’t work out, run with ‘option B’.. Or C… or D. [For example, I’m doing a triple major; not just a double major. So if, hypothetically speaking, I were to fail either English, Drama or Psychology or even two of those courses, I’ll always have another to fall back onto!].

  1.  Fail Fast

One of the worst feelings/experiences is to get close to the end and have someone kick you off the board. The reality is that there’s simply nothing you can do, but to get up and get at it again! There’s not even time for sobbing over it.

In life, the same applies. If life knocks you down, fail fast and get up again. Failure isn’t often encouraged, however it is important. It’s during failure that we learn how to better and improve what did not work out. If you’re going to fail, do it fast! Alan Knott Craig Jnr made a funny statement in a post and said “marry young so that if it fails you can divorce young too – fail fast” (not that I’m encouraging divorce…lol…it’s just for the sake of context).

  1.  Never Go Alone

As mentioned above, the aim of the game is to get all 4 tokens back ‘home’. One can only win if ALL 4 tokens are home.  The purpose here is to carry ‘others’ (the tokens) along with you.

If the Lord has blessed you with a certain talent or gift or skill, always see how you can pave the way for others to go along with you too. Also, if one person (or token) is not able to go in a certain direction, I’m sure another will be able to go #HelpASisterOut! 

And lastly…

  1.  Always Aim High

In Ludo, the highest number (6) on the die allows one to come onto the board and, even, to play again; No six, no start!

In life, we always have to aim high! See yourself in a bigger, better place. Be the BEST AND GREATEST version of YOU!  Someone once said, “if your dreams don’t scare you, they’re too small!”.

SisterGirl, go big!

Ps. Share your Ludo experience in the comments section below 🙂

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