If the Oscar gaffe heard around the world taught us anything, it is that even when it looks like things aren’t going your way, you shouldn’t give up.
Don’t know what I’m talking about? Then let me explain. You know the Oscars is an annual award show to recognize the best movies and actors and all the people who work on all the components that make movies special. The most prestigious award, Best Picture, comes at the end of the night, after hours and hours of preparation, red carpet interviews, (sometimes weak) jokes during the ceremony and for some of the nominees, sitting through their competitors winning awards at their expense while the little piece of paper which they scribbled their acceptance speech on just in case they won, gathers creases and sweat stains but remains unused. Finally, after last night’s hours-long show, the Best Picture award was presented to the production team of La La land. They’d collected several other awards but this one being undoubtedly the best, they rushed to accept it, while, all around them, all the production teams on the other nominated movies reminded themselves to applaud graciously and appear to listen to the acceptance speeches, all the while asking silently, Why, why wasn’t it me? Then, something happened. Mid speech, one of the wining producers said… “but we still lost.”
Huh. That’s a weird thing to say in your victory speech, I thought.
And then the big announcement. It was a mistake. Another group had won. Moonlight was the Best Picture after all. All the initial letdown, all the internal tears, all the sadness, erased as though it was never there as the Moonlight team experienced the roller coaster of emotion experiencing defeat then hearing it was a success after all.
You’re probably not a movie star or big producer. Maybe you don’t go up for big awards in your daily life. But we all have things we’re working towards, goals we’re trying to achieve, moments we look forward to as validation of our efforts. And sometimes, that finish line seems like you’ll never reach it. Sometimes it feels like just before you got to your target, someone moved the marker and told you all your work was in vain, that what you’ve been working towards, isn’t possible at all. I’d understand if you feel like quitting. I don’t think anyone would blame you if you decided to change lanes and work towards something else instead. I don’t think it would be unrealistic if you said this is too hard. But maybe you shouldn’t quit. Maybe even the announcement that you lost isn’t enough for you to give up on your dreams.
At the award show, the auditors came onstage and announced, Yes, it’s true, Moonlight won, they deserve the award after all. If that moment can teach us anything, it’s that even when it seems like you missed your moment, is when the spotlight can suddenly turn on you. Even after you gave up, your moment could still be coming so don’t give up hope. Don’t rip up that acceptance speech just yet. You might just have an opportunity to use it after all.Find me on Amazon, YouTube, Bloglovin, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter