Words of Wisdom from Patintero

Posted: December 12, 2008 in All and Sundry

patintero“It’s better to cross the lines and suffer the consequences than to just stare at the line for the rest of your life” –Collected wisdom from Patintero

Got this from a SMS sent to me by Teng (aka Morofilm). It made me laugh so hard tears came streaming down my face for no reason. I had to drink water to stop myself from laughing and crying. That was early this morning before I had to change in a jiffy to send some documents through LBC. Johnnypanic and I were trying to beat a deadline (the deadliest one that can’t be resurrected, I guess). But before the flurry of licking envelopes, tacking papers and what not, I was literally laughing out loud, alone in my room, because of this quote. While it is very comic, there is also an underlying truth to the saying. Nothing beats a humorous way of presenting wisdom.

Who can imagine learning something out of such “childish” games as patintero? But if you come to think of it, patintero is the perfect metaphor for life itself. Make that specifically, the game of life and even of human relationships– taking risks, forging connections, going out of the box, and just transmuting yourself in whatever space and shape, for the sake of discovery, of learning something from experience. 🙂

Nothing beats that, I guess. So I’m perfectly contented that I always crossed the line in patintero motivated by just sheer courage, which was often seen as stupid spontaneity by fellow gamers. Even when I knew the enemy’s arms were long enough to catch me, I ran as fast as I could, ducked, flung myself into the unknown, and managed to stop where the other line began.

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