Sunday, September 11, 2016

My Heart Will Go On

In considering yesterday's race, it's possible that I may have been too hard on myself.

This is a typical problem for me. If I do a presentation and receive five positive comments and one negative one on the evaluations, I only remember the negative one. I've never in my life walked out of anything I've done, a play or a presentation or a workshop or a training, and not dwelled on something that I could have done better.

Now that I've had a good night's sleep and some time to think about it, I wondered if this might be the case. Just this morning, I asked my good friends Angelina Jolie:

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Dolly Parton:

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and Jennifer Lawrence:

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if they thought I was being too hard on myself, while my friend Orlando Bloom asked to see my finisher's medal more closely:

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Those two jerks from "Twilight" tried to see it, too, but I pretended not to hear them.

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Angelina, Dolly, and J-Law suggested that yes, maybe I was dwelling excessively on the negative. Yes, I was unhappy with my race time, but that was partially my own fault, and I was definitely overlooking the fact that I finished at all. Lots of people wouldn't have.

Thinking about that, I asked a few more friends what they thought.

Brad Pitt wanted me to hit him, as hard as I could.

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I wasn't really down for that.

James Dean thought self doubt was tearing me apart.

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Maybe he was right. After all, Katie Perry thought I was a firework.

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And Dale Jr. thought I was a champ.

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Adam Sandler was slightly skeptical of this whole exercise:

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Cameron Diaz was bored by the whole thing:

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and I didn't really care what Shia LaBeouf had to say:

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but Taylor Swift advised me to just shake this off:

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and Tom Hanks reminded me that races are sometimes like a box of chocolates, and you never know what you're going to get:

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I had a bad race, but it's not the end of the world.

As Channing Tatum and I stared off into the distance, contemplating the race after this one:

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Jack Dawson reminded me to never let go:

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and I decided that yes, my heart will go on.

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There's another race after this one, and I'll do better.

But I also completed this race, and that's also an achievement.

2 comments:

Mrs. Splapthing said...

Way to go, Joel. You powered through, despite uncomfortable circumstances and uncooperative shoes!

Is it just me, or should wax figures be SO much better, considering the technology they have to work with these days? Those are some fugly replicas!!! Anyone that is so bad at wax figures that they make Brad Pitt look unattractive needs to go back to wax figurine school. Srsly. At least the wax Dolly Parton is lifelike, because she is actually made mostly of wax these days. Bless her heart.

Joel said...

I didn't even take a picture of the Ryan Gosling one, because it was SO BAD.