Archive for May, 2011

The Danger of a Shot at Redemption

What everyone wants is a second chance. People say they will do anything to get it. So why do people not do everything to get that additional roll of the dice? Why do people get camera-shy if that rare opening comes?

The chance at redemption comes with a hefty price. The price to get to the point again not with standing. The mere shot at a second chance puts you in a position you were in before and failed. The lesson learned from the first time may help but life isn’t a true-false exam. Knowing the wrong answer doesn’t guarantee knowledge of the correct answer. What’s more the second failure will solidify in the minds of everyone that you have failed.

“To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness.”

-Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Failing once may be written off as a mere stroke of bad luck. It may end up defining you but there can be the slightest shred of doubt cast over the events. If it happens again luck has nothing to do with it. You have fucked up. A shot at redemption is sweet but it is well riddled with dangers that were not there on the first shot. A chance to change the past is also a chance to cement it forever.

When the moment comes that you have finally arrived to the same spot you were before,  a chance to do what it would normally take a flux capacitor to do, you must seize the moment. Because not only is it a rare lucky break for you to capture everything you wanted the first time around. It is also an opportunity for all those that say you can’t to be proven right.