Five Things Life is Like

Yesterday, I wrote that life is like riding a horse.

Here are five other things life is like.

1. A Yoga Class

Our lifespan is like a yoga class, Val Boyko writes today at the Find Your Middle Ground blog.

We start with the warm ups and prepare for later on. We learn new skills and practice them to become more masterful. We take on more challenging positions. We keep learning and striving until we reach our peak. Then we shift attention towards finding balance. We slow down and tune in more to what is happening in our mind, body and inner being. We relax. We let go and take the time to nourish and restore ourselves.

2. An Ocean

Blogger and poet Joel F writes in the Joys of Joel blog that life is like an ocean, coming in waves ebbing and flowing. “Yes, the best wave of your life is still out there. Learn from the waves and enjoy the ride,” he write

3. A Cup of Coffee

Sharing a story about a teacher and his former students, blogger Audrey writes on the Living for Experiences blog that we spend too much time focusing on things that don’t matter, represented by a coffee cup, when what matters is inside.

Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. Savor the coffee, not the cups!

4. A Garden

After suffering a horrible tragedy, blogger Crisly Zerrudo spent some time in her yard where weeds were overtaking her garden. Through her Empowering and Uplifting blog, she finds beauty and optimism in a world that will never be the same.

6 months ago, my life has ended when our daughter was taken from us without any signs. … Yes, we can blame everyone but it won’t bring back our lost child to us, instead we can take small steps to bring back our life. Yes, it won’t be as beautiful as it was in the past but if we just take those steps every day, I know we can make our lives beautiful again. Just like my garden, I won’t be able to bring back how it looked like before, but pulling out the weeds, cleaning and watering it every day, planting new plants and flowers, and make the fence stronger, in no time I can make my garden beautiful again.

5. A Box of Chocolates

What list of life analogies would be complete without the wisdom of Forrest Gump?

My mama always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”


What about you? What’s your favorite analogy for life?


  1. These analogies are beautiful, but I feel, sometimes, the over rate life. Life is what we make of it, and the only thing that matters is being happy. Life is very beautiful, but is cruel too. There is this quote I read somewhere, which I think is a very apt summary of my feelings, “Life is fair by being unfair to everybody.”

    • I’m so glad you enjoy it! For now I’m planning to keep writing five or six days a week. I’ll be announcing more plans later this summer. I’ll give you a hint — those plans will likely involve books and a podcast.

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