Life is all about gambling everyday (Musings of a wanna-be Peter pan middle-aged bloke)

What is gambling? According to the Oxford Dictionary ‘take risky action in the hope of a desired result’. I got up this morning and debated whether to go out on the push bike or to be a couch potato and watch Wimbledon. It was raining outside, pushbiking would have been a risky activity with a potential health benefit. Being a couch potato, every bad for my health, yet it would give me  chance  to sit here and share my musings.


I am a fan of country music and every time my mind goes to gambling, Kenny Rogers’s song ‘Gambler’ comes to mind. Sorry I lie. ‘Coward of the County’ comes to mind. I don’t why but it does. Possibly it’s because it tells the story of the underdog overcoming the odds and making a great win in the end. I digress a bit.  The Gambler is a great song. That song has some good advice on counting your wins, when to play and when to get away.

In life we gamble so many times. Be it after a few beers, bunjee jumping, getting married etc. However, we should always be aware of the benefits and the costs. And above all else know when to pull out. We could be on a good innings one minute, and the next minute it could be downhill all the way. The only thing that we have control over is our decision-making facility. We do not control the game. We do not control the gig. I love to gamble with my money sometimes. I am no expert, however, I love the thrill of winning. The adrenaline pumping at a thousand beats a second. Who wouldnt.

My favourite  gambling pursuits are sports, especially the horses and football. Plus golf to a lesser extent. Have I won a lot? No. Watching others joy to me is as good as it gets. Some people can gamble socially and be in total charge of what they are doing. However, others keep chasing the thrill. Each to their own. So if you want to gamble, be wise and know when to walk away.

There is a Chinese proverb that best sums up what I am saying: If you must play, decide upon three things at the start; the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.

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