If you had just one shot
A close friend texted me earlier tonight to say he was watching 8 Mile on TV.
Watching it reminded me of the first time we saw the Eminem classic at the movies, followed by our usual Saturday night cheering and jeering competitors at the local Aussie hip hop battles.
At the time, we were barely 18, straight from one of Melbourne's dodgiest community colleges and white as hell. If there was a meeting where Marshall Mathers record company, film producers, agents & management all decided exactly who would be pumped to see this film, it was us.
And come on, with a final scene like this (SPOILER ALERT!) how could we not be pumped!?
The film's smash hit 'Lose Yourself' talks about having just one shot, stepping up and taking that once in a lifetime opportunity.
And yet, on reflection, since then I've had dozens of single moments to step up and prove myself. Some I've managed to smash out of the park and many that have made me crumble and choke.
Don't get me wrong, it's an awesome film.
Watching it now takes me back to a time when passion was all we had, because planning for the future and believing we'd be around to see more than one opportunity at success sounded like something you'd tell the kids at private schools up the road.
The important thing I've learned is not to get too caught up in the idea of 'just one shot'.
Work hard enough and you'll get your chance.
Keep punching through the wall and more opportunities will arrive.
The harder you work, the luckier you get.
[ EDIT ]
I've just been reminded that while my friend and I were busy getting hooked on live hip hop and playing snake on my Nokia 5110, a kid in my music class was working his arse off to prepare for his big opportunity. It came eventually, and by all reports, his hard work keeps paying off.
We definitely had our differences at school (there's only enough room for so much ego in the quadrangle!) but here's Dan Merriweather squeezing the juice out of life... All the best, bro.