The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

QOTD – How Do You Fail?

I have a simple philosophy with most things I do in life, it is better to fail miserably than not to try.

No, this is not some YOLO thing of idiocy.  This is simply stating it is better to be a participant than a spectator in your own life.

I teach acting, and I would much rather have students get on stage, stutter, spit on themselves, laugh and hide theif face while twisting and contorting their body like a kindeygardener asking to go to the potty room than to stay in their seats too afraid to try.

I do crossfit, and there’s a simple equation that can simplify and express our workout philosophy:  DFL > DNF > DNS*

There are people, however, often young people, often insecure people, often the type of people who seem overly confident, cocky, arrogant, or sure who would rather criticize, belittle, and make excuses to not do something rather than risk looking bad or failing at something.  

There’s a protection in that.  Safety.

Perhaps there’s something smart about it too.  Perhaps it’s practical to not waste time with something fruitless.  Perhaps it’s safe to protect our fragile human egos.

Or are we missing out on life if we “dare not eat a peach**“?

QOTD – Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?

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*That is, Dead Frogging Last is better than Did Not Finish is better than Did Not Start.

** The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock 

About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

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