Life is a Gamble

Michael Atkins
5 min readMay 21, 2021

“Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don’t let yourself believe it will happen to you.” Muhammad Ali

I’ve always believed that people were never entirely bad or good, and never inherently so. I believe that people want one thing, and that is to be happy. Most people set out into the world with this goal in mind, doing their best to acquire that they need to be happy.

But happiness is not a destination to arrive at. Ultimately, there are no happy endings in life. And sometimes life is a gamble.

My definition of a gamble is the following: you risk losing something you need or care about for the promise of gaining more of what you already have or something you don’t have but need.

In other words, you have to be willing to lose in order to win.

We all do our best. Some play by the rules; others don’t. Some try to find shortcuts; others just want to play it safe.

When I started writing in my early teens, I was doing so because I had everything provided for by my parents. It was easy to do what I wanted, and the exciting part, which I’m genuinely grateful for, is that my parents let me make my own mind about everything since I was twelve.

Of course, I made mistakes. But that’s what life’s all about — making mistakes. Sometimes I would try too hard, and at other times not hard enough. I’ve met and helped many people. I’ve fallen in and out of love for the right and wrong reasons. It’s all just trial and error.

When I was younger, I could afford to think of myself as a writer because I wasn’t risking anything. But when I decided to become a published author, I had to take a lot of risks. In essence, I write and sell books as a major source of income. This is my reality. This is my gambling with life.

I took this leap of faith because I found my aces in writing. Like in gambling, I know I have a chance to lose and an equal chance of winning. The opportunity to write is my shot at happiness.

I find happiness in the stories I create. I find pleasure in knowing that my words will affect others. And if I’ve done my…



Michael Atkins

Technologist and life-long language learner. Speaks fluent Japanese and Indonesian among other languages. Inspiring the world through love of language learning