I am beginning to really understand the truth of David Guetta’s recent rapper collaboration, “Work Hard, Play Hard”.
A recent camp experience really shed light on the fact that a “hustler’s work is never through”, as I was struck with the dichotomy of being both an avid party-goer, and responsible camp leader. It was an interesting experience: to be in the front line of the next beer bong, then having to be alert enough to work a BBQ immediately after, in an effort to cook the hamburgers for our guests’ dinner. Or to hunt out the first aid kit and attempt to decipher BMW German, whenever another not-so innocent first year required gauze for a sprained ankle he copped trying to catch and spray paint a goat.
Because behind every great show is a multitude of effort, and really, the multi-faceted world that exists “behind the scenes”, is like a deep dark tunnel. But I wonder: is the darkness, worth the applause?
As I look back on this past weekend, and the success of many other events, my answer is a certain YES, and I get somewhat giddy about the prospect of yet another crazy experience where I don the backstage pass.
Why? Because I cannot help but think of each past, stressful moment with nostalgic laughter, nor deny the pride I have in recent deposits to my memory bank.
My advice: it’s always worth it.
Put in the hard work, long hours, seemingly endless task-doing and be willing to cop being unappreciated.
Because to play hard, you need to work hard.