Tetris has got to be one of the best metaphors of life. Here are some thoughts as to why.
In both LIFE and TETRIS:

1- Chances are, you will do better if you know what your next step is.
2- These chances double, if you know what your next TWO steps are.
3- Sometimes, you may dread the next step, but somehow can figure a way for it to work out to your benefit.
4- Talent is much more relevant than luck. Luck is the losers' way out.
5- Planning carefully and taking your time can prove to be rewardful.
6- There is a fine line between 'planning carefully' and greed. Greed will almost always leave you out with nothing.
7- Time is of the essence. The faster you process, the faster you are ahead.
8- Never think you are special. You're not. Never think that you will get what you want. You won't. You are only special because of your talent. You will only get what you want, if you make it happen yourself.
9- Concentration and determination are your best friends.
10- You have the right to say about what you have achieved only when you have accomplished something, and only then. And NOT while you are doing it. Nothing is guaranteed.
11- Make the best of what you are given. Whining and bitching will do nothing but waste your time, and fuck up your concentration. (Refer to numbers 7 and 9).
12- Restarting a game of tetris, is the twin of a new day in life. It is only what you make it. Not the game, nor life care about your excuses.
13- The more time you spend at it, the better you get.
14- There is no going back in what you have done.
15- It is better to play A L O N E. Distractions will almost always ruin your run.
16- If you have the talent, there will always be a chance for you to make things right.
17- When you do get lucky a few times here and there, it is better NOT to question why.
18- It is never personal. Never. If you do not get what you want, it is because you haven't thought it out like you ought. Everything bad that happens is your fault, and your fault only. It is never personal.
19- The more you achieve, the harder it gets.
20- The faster the pace, the higher the reward. The bigger the risk, the bigger the profit.
21- Sometimes, you see things that are not there.
22- Some other times, the things you do NOT see are the things that will help you out.
23- Always expect the worst. Always expect the worst. Always expect the worst.
24- Never settle for what you have already achieved.
25- If you only want to be normal, it is easy. You will only need to be organized and 'allign' from one time to another. If you want to be different, you will have to think ahead.
26- It is wise to always have a second way out. A plan B. A 'next move'. Think: "Two steps at a time. Two steps a time. TWO STEPS AT A TIME".
27- If good things happen, know it in your heart that they will NOT last.
28- Also, if bad things happen, know it in your heart that they will NOT last neither.
29- Self confidence in life, is knowing that you can do better the next time around in tetris.
30- No matter how good you are, there will always be an end to what you have achieved.
31- You are not your memories. You are not what you have 'scored the last time'. You are here and now. Who cares what you used to be?


  • WOW! so true, I should memorize these : ) they makes so much sense!

    By Blogger PeTiTa, at 25.8.05  

  • 1) I don't play Tetris. I ride the high tides of life.

    2) There's a saying: "Always remember that you are unique. Just like everyone else."
    Your post totally contradicts it. I like your post.

    3) "Sometimes, you see things that are not there." -- dead people? ;p -- just kidding.
    Yea, specially when you're close to God, you seem to get hints more often!

    * You can send this as an article to a newspaper and they'll publish it for you. It will help many realize their mistakes.

    By Blogger MBH, at 25.8.05  

  • Ohh i love tetris,
    and im damn good at it too :))
    Love the insight and the diverse way they're connected

    By Blogger Noor, at 25.8.05  

  • ur having a blogger-block aren't u :)cz i used to list like crazy everytime im having the block .. any way, i just finished reading ur complete blog.. ur something.. but i guess i said that long time ago :D

    By Blogger Bloo, at 25.8.05  

  • petita :)

    mbh if u dont play tetris, u wouldnt appreciate 1 of the 31 .. u should

    noor do u have one on the pc? im up for a challenge of scores (ofcourse they have to be the same because the scoring is diff in every game)

    vintage nop not at all, infact i think i already know my next 3 or 4 posts.. its just that i like lists, i think they convey a lot.. and thanks, im still waiting for an explanation though for your last comment :)

    By Blogger Temetwir, at 25.8.05  

  • Temetwir, got me wrong ^_^

    I like the way your portrait life as a Tetris game. But I don't like the idea of life being a game. All games have cheat codes, or can be hacked!

    I simply push myself to edge. No rest until I reach my goals, unless the semi-eternal bed calls.

    By Blogger MBH, at 25.8.05  

  • lol I'm a tetris freak too and yeah .. it's all so true ;)

    By Blogger Peach, at 26.8.05  

  • {{ 8- Never think you are special. You're not.}}

    I think this is what makes special people beautiful, if they really go by it :-)

    By Blogger Luckybellybuddha, at 26.8.05  

  • 23- Always expect the worst. Always expect the worst. Always expect the worst.

    matwasi 7arees!

    the rest seems pretty useful.

    By Blogger Spontaneousnessity, at 26.8.05  

  • shinu my last comment.. tara nesait :S

    By Blogger Bloo, at 26.8.05  

  • i didnt know there was a pc version of tetris !!??!
    can i dl from somewhere?
    and just so u know, NO ONE HAS EVER BEATEN ME AT THAT GAME ! NO ONE so be ready mister
    ohh 3ala fikra ur taggged by moi,lets see the answers soon :)

    By Blogger Noor, at 26.8.05  

  • i love this.. it makes sense.. but
    i don't agree with the the alone rule.. eventually in life, u need backup, and people who can share ur joys and burdenous misery..

    apart from that, i agree with everything..

    temetwir.. u seize to amaze me in every post.. it's as if there's a hidden philosopher in u that is aching to get out.. ;)

    By Blogger Baroque, at 26.8.05  

  • AMAZING!!! I was reading your list and kept thinking Geez that's so true and you're right it is the best metaphors for life!

    By Blogger samboose, at 26.8.05  

  • As usual, Mr. Intellect...you did it again..that was very enlightening and enjoyable!..Good job!

    By Blogger MissCosmoKuwait, at 27.8.05  

  • hey everybody,
    i appreciate the comments.. really i do .. glad theres a bit of contraversy too

    sorry am a bit "off" .. my mind is at 3 different places

    but for those, like " noor ", who want a tetris game for pc.. let me know

    email me at matyara911@hotmail.com
    and ill send the zip.. we'll keep it an on-going challenge just for fun, nothing serious

    however, if i dont reply anytime soon its because im not in kuwait and dont have 'steady' access .. am hoping for things to change soon thu ..

    FOR THOSE OF U WHO KNOW ME PERSONALLY, heres something ur NOT gonna believe: guess who's in a starbucks right now? :(

    By Blogger Temetwir, at 27.8.05  

  • I love when my mind in different places, makes life worth living, enjoy :)

    By Blogger Spontaneousnessity, at 27.8.05  

  • Bilsalamh o Allah yewafgiq :-)

    By Blogger Luckybellybuddha, at 27.8.05  


    omg this game is timeless to me I love it so much! ..

    Also "Roll Away" on play station :} which is all about a ball that rolls for a quest to gather things in a maze to crack it open it was amazing

    AND "Kurushi (jap. ver.)or Intelegent Qube (Ero. ver.)" Where the subject of the game is to get rid of qubes that are comming in ur way on a stage :} dont fall & dont be squished!

    I LOVE menal games :>

    By Blogger Q80-Chill Girl, at 27.8.05  

  • I love tetris cos its a game u cant really loose unless your pretty thick or slow lol

    By Blogger hibbalicious, at 27.8.05  

  • You've left already?!?

    By Blogger samboose, at 27.8.05  

  • spontaneous
    yeah its a good feeling, but not with a time limit heh

    mistletoe allah yesalmek wewafij eljemee3 inshalaa

    q8i-chill ma3arf wala wa7da mn ely gelteehom :/ gair tetris ma3arf shay .. probably 'eldawry elyabani' winning eleven but thats as far as i would know

    hibba its not about if u lose or not, coz in the end it will "end" .. its how much u score at the end that counts

    yeah, left friday.. sat/sun weekend as usual., but who wouldve guessed monday was off too ..

    By Blogger Temetwir, at 29.8.05  

  • Wow! Well inshalla you have the greatest experience! Hope you get a chance to blog as often though!!

    By Blogger samboose, at 29.8.05  

  • samboose
    trust me, few days here and its already an experience .. not the most pleasant though heh

    i hope i can get finished by this time next week too.. cheers !

    By Blogger Temetwir, at 31.8.05  

  • a quick hello & wishing you all the best :-)
    hope all goes well for you & that your year long stay proves fruitful.
    Take good care buddy :-)

    By Blogger Luckybellybuddha, at 31.8.05  

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