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TITLE (EDIT)
Playing Life By The Rules
DESCRIPTION
Some last thoughts before I go.

[792 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Mind
AUTHOR
Kevin Cope
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I'm over 30, under 40 and wish to remain that way.

[September 2001]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
[email protected]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (4)
A Deadly Kind Of Love (Short Stories) Billy Harper loved his mother just a little too much... [1,846 words]
All-Day Breakfast (Short Stories) An ordinary day. An ordinary guy. A not so ordinary cafe. [2,336 words] [Comedy]
Hanover Square (Short Stories) An old man sits by his wife's bed as she slowly passes away. He consoles himself by recalling the very first moment he saw her. [1,035 words] [Relationships]
Plague Of Time (Short Stories) This is a story I keep playing around with and as yet is still unfinished. I am not sure how I want it too end yet. I would appreciate comments and ideas. [5,118 words] [Suspense]
Playing Life By The Rules
Kevin Cope

    
By the time you read this I will be gone.

Maybe to a better place, or maybe I will be silent forever more. I do not know.

For me, the only way to find out is to go there.

Have you ever wondered what makes someone successful, or what makes someone poor? Why some people are destined to become a genius and otherís to live the life of a frightened child in an adults mind?

Is life a predestined event, that cannot be changed? Or are we in fully control of what we do and achieve. If one person is successful, does that mean that there has to be a person that cannot, or is there enough success for everyone in the world.

These are questions to which I do not know the answer.

Well, I hope to find out them out soon, my friend. The time is getting close. I can feel it.

Sometimes I wonder. Why I am here? Why is anybody here? Are we just a freak of circumstance or are we part of a larger unseen plan?

Is there someone watching over us and guiding our every move?

Or are we truly alone?

Do people believe in Gods because they want to, or because they need to? Are people afraid not to believe in a God? Are they terrified of the thought that once they have exhaled their last breath, then thatís it? Nothing, but a memory in others people minds.

Maybe our lives are already mapped out for us in an infinite cycle of events, like a film being continually replayed. Does our universe expand to the point of no return, or will it contract into an infinitesimally small dot, until it explodes and creates a big bang from which the same cycle of life repeats again.

As I stand here looking out into the horizon, I wonder how my everyday actions and thoughts have affected other peopleís lives. If I had turned left in my car this morning, instead of right, did that start a chain of events that caused someone to die. Would they have lived if I had turned in the other direction? Was it really my decision, or was I just doing what I had always done in the endless cycle of the universe.

Maybe our world and universe is just a game. Created by supreme beings with infinite intelligence and with infinite time to play it in. Maybe people live and die by the role of a dice.

Who knows? Who cares? If this is the case, we cannot change anything. We may think we do sometimes, but that would just be a false belief.

Am I destined to die now as I step closer to the edge of the bridge, or is it someone elseís destiny to see me and save me? Maybe it is someoneís destiny to watch me fall to my death and have that memory haunt him or her forever more.

It feels right for me to die today. I donít think any one will save me.

It's as if I have lived my whole life for this moment, so that I may finally know the truth of life and death and the meaning of it all.

If someone finds and reads this letter, do one thing for me. Live your life to the full, as if you are in control. Regret nothing. Take comfort in the fact that every decision you make has probably already been made and there is nothing you can do about it.

Enjoy your life and enjoy the feeling of being in control. You never know when the dice is going to fall the wrong way.

Who knows, maybe if I had found a letter like this, I would not be doing what I am doing now.

I will know soon enough.

Maybe this is the first time I have died, maybe Iíve died a thousand times, waiting for someone elseís destiny to change mine.

Life is endless game. My advice is to take advantage of it and play to win.

I feel ready for the last step now.

I am not afraid. It will be the easiest step I have ever taken.

For me, stepping back into the game will be infinitely harder.

Iím tired of it and I felt like I could never win.

By the time you read this I will know the truth. I will know if I did the right thing or if I made a terrible mistake.

Maybe I will visit you in a dream and let you know, that after death the game continues on and you need not be afraid of death anymore.

Well, It is time to go now. I can feel destiny pulling at the pit of my stomach.

Goodbye my friend.

Just think of me as someone that didnít like to play the game by the rules.

Goodbye.








      

 

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