The Virtues of Being a One-Hit Wonder
College is a time full of new experiences – fun, falling, failing, learning, getting back up, personal and intellectual growth – if you open yourself to fully experiencing your time here.
I am not a West Texas native. I grew up near a national pine forest. I was unfortunate enough to often wear the gifts of poison ivy, oak and sumac, yet I never wore a pair of cowboy boots. I planted many a pine sapling and cleared the underbrush of my beloved forest landscape but never took care of livestock or walked open fields.
At age 16, I went to a rodeo to support my friend who was a part of the farm and field life. I think the price of admission was a cowboy hat and cowboy boots, but they were gracious enough to let me in wearing my baseball cap and hiking boots.
It was time for the female hay hauling competition. My friend’s team was unexpectedly missing a member. Mr. Cowboy said they would have to forfeit without a third team member.
“What about her?” He pointed at me.
I was startled. “Me? Uh, no, I don’t know how to haul hay.”
He asked: “Are you stupid?”
Red faced, I admitted I was not. To my horror, I walked out with the other contestants, taking my place as a hay hauler.
Our team won 1st place and I have the trophy to prove it:
That was my first and last hay hauling competition. I am a one-hit wonder hay haulin’ champ.
You may be struggling with a class that you do not enjoy, but need for your degree plan. It is OK if it is a one semester thing. Consider this your one-hit wonder poli-sci semester.
You may not be sure if that student organization is a good fit, but you will not know until you give it a try. Let it be your one-hit wonder in learning the ways of the Bass Anglers of ASU.
What class does the CHP offer that pushes you out of your comfort zone? Give it a try! Can you really sit next to (or live with) this person for an entire semester? Many times the answer is, “Yes, yes you can.”
Remember Gray Thinking and tell yourself that now is when you have access to a world of new experiences.
You may not like some. You may not be any good at others. At its worst, you may feel foolish and learn to laugh and not take life too seriously.
More than likely, you will find you possess the fortitude to survive the 20-minute speech or that difficult course for just one semester of your life. You can grab hold of your discomfort and wrangle it like a bale of hay.
It is a sweaty deal but you, too, can rumble with your unpleasant moments and win. Those are experiences you do not want to miss because that is how you develop perseverance, strength and depth of character. And, every once in a while, a trophy.