Things We Hear & See: Epic Fail

For Epic Success, Press Reset and Try Again

Search “epic fail” on the Internet and you’ll find enough videos and pictures to keep you entertained for an entire weekend (at least).  We’ve all seen variations on “Scarlet Takes a Tumble”, causing us to laugh out loud at the man who goes flying off the top of his garage while wearing roller skates.  SMH.

While I find these little snapshots of Americana humorous, I often ask: “What were they thinking?”  Well, the answer is rather simple – they thought they could.

Watching the Winter Olympics this week, some of the sports are mind-blowing.  The Skeleton?  I can vividly imagine myself lying on a homemade sled being pushed down a slide made of ice at 75 mph.  (Disclaimer: I am not an athlete.  Nowhere in this life would the above scenario ever happen).  I marvel at these athletes and their abilities.  As exciting as it is to watch them compete, hearing their stories paints the complete picture.  Long practices, family sacrifices and financial difficulties were their Goliath; competing in these games for a chance to win a medal is their David.

A study on video games and their popularity claims that the reason people enjoy them is because there’s always a chance to improve.  No matter how many times you die or are eaten by the monster, you can easily gain another life or simply press reset and start over.

So in all of its popularity and effect on our current society, I’ve concluded this about the epic fail: it doesn’t exist; it’s a myth, an urban legend.  Because the only way to fail is to not try.  Testing your homemade skis while skiing off the roof of your house may be a bit extreme, but how else will you know if they work?  The reality is you can’t know, but you have to try.  A song that no one hears will never win a Grammy, just like the unpainted picture can never be seen.

Keep trying.  If it doesn’t work, press reset and start over.  The monster may loom, but your results can be epic.

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