Life is full of curveballs, sliders and fast pitches. They come when you least expect it. And sometimes you only have one shot, one pitch.
To quote one of my favourite Eminem songs:
Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted. one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?
One day you’re up to bat ready to do your thing. You know you have to prove yourself, you’re nervous and you’re expecting the pitcher to throw you a fast pitch down and low. You are so ready for that fast pitch, and you’re gonna smack it right outta the park:
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti
He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop bombs,
But he keeps on forgetting what he wrote down,
But instead the pitcher throws you a curveball high and inside. You swing, and you miss. The crowd boos, and you get upset with yourself. You know you could have done a better job. You know that you could have hit that ball right out of the park. You’re capable – but instead, on your one chance at bat, you swung and you missed it. There wasn’t a three strikes and you’re out moment. It was one shot.
The whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won’t come out
He’s choking how, everybody’s joking now
The clock’s run out, time’s up, over, bloah!
I had my one moment at something recently, I swung and I missed – I choked. But you know what? That’s ok, there will be other at bats and I know it. I’m still a ball player, and I’m ready for the next challenge, even if it involves playing on another team. With different coaching and a different team to play on, I will become a better ball player and I’ll have even more experience to draw upon the next time I get an opportunity to try out.
Life throws curveballs, and unfortunately we don’t always knock them outta the park. But that’s ok – because we are all capable of picking ourselves up to get ready for the next challenge. I can do it, I WILL do it, and so can you!