# Math+Life #28: Every Turn you Take

X to move right,

B to go back,

Y to move up,

These are the buttons on a video game console,

or the decisions that will determine our future in life.

Life is a video game for the universe,

Strangled black wires connect the mechanics of an arcade,

just like our millions of potential future paths are tangled into the unknown,

The probability you’d win the game stems out like a tree, each branch representing your actions,

just like each decision we make in life leads us somewhere,

Code and cryptograms cram the interior of the video game, desperately trying to adapt to the rapid game,

just like the studying, the tears, the concentration we have behind the scenes of success,

Questions rapidly pop up in front of the gamers’ tired eyes: right or left? gun or sword? keep going or quit the game?

Be careful. Each choice you make is crucial.

You can’t start running down a path or branch of the tree,

And then turn back when you see a dead end,

You have to keep moving, making decisions, taking turns,

Even worse, every choice you make is going to accumulate into your future,

Every possibility you embark on a video game, in your career, in your life,

Is going to read P(New action | Given past) = the probability of something new given the past,

Even the smallest detail with the smallest probability,

The one weapon you picked in the video game,

The one A you got in class,

The one smile you gave to your friend,

They all make a difference and set you up for a new path.

You’re probably wondering, if that’s the case, aren’t there infinite futures for me?

A million different combinations, permutations, probabilities, venn diagrams, distributions,

There are an infinite amount of alternate universes in our universe,

A hundred different versions of you based on your choices,

It’s your decision whether you want to contemplate each of these infinite possibilities every time you do something,

But I’ll tell you this,

If you keep searching and steering your ship to the right answer on the other side,

You’ll eventually get lost and go in circles forever,

Make your own branches of possibilities,