Picture it - It was Autumn 1991 and I was on an 8 week tour of the USA. I had almost recovered from too long in the Miami sun, I had been badly sunburnt, too many cocktails on the beach! I had spent a few days in Free Port in the Bahamas, mostly inside out of the sun. It was my last day there and I had found some coupons for a casino in a complimentary magazine in my hotel room. I am not a gambler but a free punt could be a lot of fun. Plus it would be an experience. I took a water taxi to the Casino and at the entrance there was one of those clear boxes with someone in it. Cash swirled around them and they jumped and dropped to the ground grabbing notes and forcing them into a small opening. It was like the crystal maze for one and rather than grabbing for gold or silver sheets it was real money. If I remember right they had 60 seconds, a counter moved down as they frantically grabbed for the cash. I watched and when they emerged the amount they had managed to amass was counted and announced and they were handed the notes. I remember the announcement being made, had they made a few thousand bucks? No, a few hundred, not even close. They had only managed to get a few dollars from the chamber. Pathetic I thought I could do better.
I had my minute in the chamber, it was great. Who knew how difficult it would be to catch cash and who knew how short a minute can be. I made 30 odd dollars, how disappointing. I had watched and formed a strategy, I had thrown myself into the activity but was as ordinary as the others I had watched.
As I have grown up there have been a lot of experiences like that. I have seen people draw and paint, that looks easy, I could do that. Reality Check - I can't. If you have kids they probably do a better job than I do. But rather than beat myself up for what I can't do I focus on what I can do well. I still see things that I haven't done and still have that I could do that attitude, I try lots of things. Some I do well in and some well let's not go there. Ha Ha! Just because I have failed at things doen't mean I can't or shouldn't try new things. Some things need work to attain what we want plus there is so much in life to experience. I don't think there is anything worse in life than having regrets of things we have not done.