Sunday Photo Fiction: Playing Life’s Game

159 06 June 5th 2016

Jason spent countless hours training. He’d reach home exhausted and the minute his head touched the pillow, his shrill alarm clock would drive him out of bed.

That day as Jason ran his usual miles, cutting across the lush green fields and reaching the main road, he heard a frantic horn and saw a scared little boy hugging his runaway puppy. Instinctively, he bolted towards them and as he pulled them out of the way, he felt the weight of the vehicle crush his leg.

Jason spent three bitter months in the hospital and equally bitter weeks at home, his dreams of earning any medals, forever destroyed.

Then he heard the news of the greatest champion passing away. A once solid man who weakened over the years but was the symbol of strength till he died. Hearing Muhammad Ali’s words repeated in the airwaves, a wave of guilt and anticipation washed over him.

Jason spent the rest of his years help train young athletes and when one of his runner’s came home with Gold and put it around his neck, he felt the pure joy of a dream being achieved, even if it wasn’t his own.

For Sunday Photo Fiction


  • “We all have to take defeats in life.”
  • “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
  • “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”

 – Muhammad Ali

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24 Responses to Sunday Photo Fiction: Playing Life’s Game

  1. I love how you tied the story with Muhammad Ali. It’s a beautiful and inspirational piece

  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Really great take S. I love from his accident and the words of a man who had been a champion, he was able to use his abilities to train others to be fantastic athletes. It paid off when the one guy received the gold. I think helping others, was a great part of him losing his bitterness and anger at his situation in life.

    • swritings says:

      Very well put! Yes, I’m sure helping others is a way to help lose your resentment and anger. It’s takes a lot to get there, but once you do, you not only help others, but yourself. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  3. The Voice says:

    A touching tribute to Ali and I like that you included a few of his quotes. Well done.

    • swritings says:

      Thank you so much! Really glad you liked the quotes! 🙂

      • The Voice says:

        That last one really got me. Imagine a world where everyone took that to heart.

      • swritings says:

        I knoww! When people speak about the ‘purpose of life’ I feel that that includes helping those around you. No matter how small your contribution, if everyone did do something to help unselfishly, your life, their lives, society and so on, would really change for the better!

  4. rosemawrites says:

    oh wow. a lovely and heartfelt piece, S! 🙂 Love how you relate this one to a recent, yet sad, sports world news. love the wise words, too!

  5. The Muhammad Ali reference works really well. It doesn’t feel shoe-horned in at all. Great story!

  6. When my husband, Charley was in high school and college, he was a long distance runner. He broke the 4 minute mile in his sophomore year and had hopes for the Olympic. But he, too was hit by a car during a run and it broke bones in his legs. But he became a coach, too. Very resilient men, these two!

    • swritings says:

      Gosh, how great to hear of your husband’s resilience! He sounds like a wonderful example to the rest of us, who give up very easily when life throws us a curveball! Thank you so much for reading and commenting! 🙂

  7. maria says:

    “A once solid man who weakened over the years but was the symbol of strength till he died..” This is a beautifully written story, S. I love how you end it with optimism and hope despite the character’s tragedy.

  8. Why is there only the option to “like” and not to “love”. This story really brought a lump to my throat. When I was a kid, I had a book “365 Things To Know” and the one that was the day before my birthday was Muhammed Ali so I have always felt an affinity with him. I was deeply moved when he passed, and your story shows how he changed many a life. Excellent. Thank you.

    • swritings says:

      Thank you so very much! ☺ I’m thrilled you liked the story. Muhammad Ali was an incredible person and will always be remembered by all. Thanks again! ☺

  9. Lovely tribute to Muhammed Ali, SW. Well written. 🙂 — Suzanne

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