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How Life Works

Updated on January 9, 2015

Life works, the trick is finding out how

I asked a friend of mine the other day if he knew how life works I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone sweat so much about answering a question before, well other then the time I asked my dad about sex.

In the end my friend told me to go to the library and pick out some books on the subject. Not one for reading at the moment I decided to stop a random person and ask them if they knew how life works. I strolled from the library with my self-help books…what…yeah I know…I went to the library and got the books just in case. Well anyway I threw the books in my car nd strolled to the nearest corner.

Trying to find an answer

There I waited for just the right person to ask.

Then, I waited some more.

Finally I spotted this rather rotund man, dressed in a suit and tie coming down the sidewalk. If ever anyone would know how life works it would be a well fed professional type.

“Excuse me,” I said to the man. “I was just wondering if you could tell me how life works.”

“Is this some kind of a joke?” The man said to me. “ AM I on one of those hidden camera shows?” The man looked around trying to find out where the camera was hidden. After five minutes of persuading the man I was serious the man looked me in the eyes and said, “Why do you want to know?”

“Well,” I said. “I just figured if I knew how life works then I would be ahead of the game.’

“Well son,” He said squaring his jaw. “You obviously have never had the extreme pleasure of seeking out a higher education or you would know the workings of life are very complicated and cannot be explained in a few simple sentences


With that the man turned and continued his rolling stroll up the side walk. I watched him walk away, my heart a little saddened by not finding out how life works, but still I vowed to search on. I sat down on a small bench next to one of the buildings and continued to watch each of the people as they strolled along the sidewalk to see if I could spot someone who could answer my question.

I waited for quite some time but I could not find one person who could tell me how life is supposed to work. I guess no one really knows how life works they just go around pretending theirs is working just fine. My quest moves on.


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      Matt 2 years ago

      Brilliant, humorous, and entertaining.

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      Nikki Major 5 years ago

      Interesting and funny.

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      T.B Whitt 5 years ago from the Philly area

      Thanks I wrote it as a kind of tongue inn cheek page. I know a lot people question how their life is going.

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Voted Up, Funny, and Awesome!!!

      That is a really good question. I don't have the answer other than life is life, perhaps we should have goals/dreams to strive for, help others when we can, remember karma is around everyone corner, and what ever works for that person than perhaps that how life should

      I enjoyed reading this!!! Well Done!!!

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      T.B Whitt 5 years ago from the Philly area

      You are so right. I wrote the piece as a humorous way to show most people they have no direction in their lives.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I guess most would like to know how life should work. Then there's always something that trips you up so to me life is a daily process because no matter who you are you don't exactly know what's around the next corner. Joyce.