On one of my flights home from Australia, I finally watched Bohemian Rhapsody. I was blessed with a middle seat, and my two neighbors must have been extremely uncomfortable at the number of times I was brought to tears over the course of those 2 1/4 hours!
To be honest, I’m not the most knowledgeable when it comes to “pop culture”—it’s a real hindrance on trivia nights!—and I didn’t know anything about the story behind Freddy Mercury or Queen. Obviously their music is legendary; but what struck me as the movie unfolded (and I’m sure I’m not alone in this) is the epic level on which Freddy’s mind worked. Throughout the film, people would propose grand plans and Freddy would respond, “Is that all?”
The world constantly tells dreamers directly or indirectly, “Look at examples X, Y, Z [all examples of fell short.. or “failing”]. It can’t be done.” I hear too many people say, “What you’re doing is so great. I could never do that.” To that I say, “why not?” For me, I’m immersed in sport. But what’s your passion? Your start up? Your art? Your progression to a business leadership role? Whatever it is, why not take it go all the way?
As someone who can often get tied up in the data, I am guilty at times of questioning my admittedly audacious goals. I find there’s a direct correlation with fatigue levels and the old internal dialogue: “What am I doing with my life? What is even the point?” This has been particularly true over the past couple months as I’ve pushed myself to punch through to new levels of performance an ocean away from my husband, family, and friends and without immediate results to provide that external gratification and positive reinforcement we often crave. But when my body and mind are drained, the questions that drown out this self-doubt and get me out of bed in the morning are: “Why not?” and “Is that all?”
Next time doubt sets in, or the discomfort seems too much to bear, or someone questions your abilities, channel your inner Fred Mercury. I know I will.
Punch a hole in the sky as you shot for the moon; worst case, you’ll be surrounded by glorious stars.