play the cards youre dealt

Play the cards youre dealt is a phrase which means that sometimes you have to take things as they are and learn to deal with them, even if the things or choices you are given arent what you were expecting. In Poker, the phrase refers to the fact that the game is chance and you cant choose which cards are dealt but must play them anyway. In life the phrase is used as a way of simply reacting with what you are given, good or bad.