I like to take time away from the discussion of movies and literature every now and then to focus on more personal topics. Tonight is one of those. We’ve all done it. We’ve all failed. It comes with the territory of being alive, being human. As the ages old adage states “to err is human, to forgive divine.” However, what if it weren’t true? What if we lowly mortals could live our lives free of the depressing, sometimes unbearable specter of failure? What would that life be like? Tonight, I am going to open the door for you. I am going to pull back the curtain and reveal to you the millenniums old secret to never failing.
Are you ready? Are you comfortable? Do I have your attention yet? To quote the verbose Gilderoy Lockhart written by J.K. Rowling, “Can everyone see me, can you all hear me?” Good. Put on your thinking caps, adjust those spectacles and listen up butter-cup, cause here it is. The big, juicy secret that the universe has been hiding from you. The thing that BrAngelina and Tom Cruise have known for decades, but have been unwilling to pass down to you.
If you never want to fail… never take a risk.
That’s all it takes my friends. Never put yourself out there, never try, never set your heart on the line. Don’t put everything on black, don’t let it ride, don’t pick the dark horse and most importantly, don’t give it everything you’ve got. If you’ll follow these simple words that have come from the cosmos through my fingers, out this keyboard and on to your screen… you’ll never fail again. Of course you’ll never win again. You’ll never find love, you’ll never find happiness. You’ll sit in your apartment, your house. You’ll stare at the wall, maybe glance outside every once in a while, but you’ll never take a chance, narry an adventure. You’ll be dead.
When it comes down to it, that is what life is all about. It’s about risking, trying, gambling, giving it that one last shot, the ole college try. Sure you’ll fail. You’ll hit rock bottom. You will dwell in cave so far from sunlight you might not even see it, but if you keep risking, keep trying, keep reaching for the stars… one day you’ll succeed.
If I were you, I’d take that secret and shove it somewhere you’ll forget all about it. Screw the hurt, forget the pain, f’ the regret. You’ve got regrets? You’ve got heart ache? Good. It means you tried, you went for something you dearly wanted, something your heart desired and you missed. It says you take risks. It says you live.
Here’s to living friends! Cheers!