One moment in time. That’s all anybody asks for. One moment where you really have the power to do what you want to do. One moment where you are the shining star and nothing and no one on the planet can take your accomplishments away from you. One moment to be able to prove to your family, to your friends (and your enemies) and most importantly, to yourself that you are capable of doing what you set out to do.
Sounds magical doesn’t it? Well, it is….sort of. It is magical in the sense that it is truly spectacular when your moment happens. But not magical in the literary sense, because to anyone who’s ever had that “one moment in time,” it usually wasn’t born of something fairy-tale like, it was born of hard-work, perseverance and dare I say, patience.
Being the Gen Y product I am, patience is not my strong point, but wanting that coveted one moment in time and wanting it yesterday, certainly is. As I go through applications and interviews for an active job search on one hand, and on the other hand, trying to help build the brand and identity for the start-up I work for, it seems that I’m searching for that one moment in time. I’m searching and searching for that “AHA” job description, coffee meeting, and interview. And I am searching for that “AHA” client or that “AHA” flash of brilliance that will take the company to the next level.
But maybe that’s the problem- the searching part.
It seems that we are born into a culture and media that celebrates special moments. And that’s great; I love a celebration of success as much as the next Gen Y. But maybe, we should celebrate the long days and sleepless nights that are spent prior to that special occasion. Maybe we should laud the process and series of moments that lead us to both failures and successes. Above all, maybe we should remember that at any given second, there is an opportunity to have “our moment in time.”
What do I mean? I mean life is short and the moments we are given in the first place are not endless. If we keep waiting for “a moment in time” to really go for the gold when it comes to what we want to do in life, whether in our careers or relationships or personal goals, we might be waiting a long time. As we all know, this weekend Whitney Houston passed away and whatever you think about her, she left us with some inspiring music for the ages. Below is a quote and video of Whitney Houston's hit song, “One Moment in Time:"
“I want one moment in time
When I'm more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me”
The thing I’ve found about people who achieve their dreams is that they know that this “one moment in time” hasn’t passed. They know this moment isn’t in some distant place in the future. They know that moment is here and the moment is now. I think it might just be worth it to try to live my 20's and indeed my life in this “one moment in time.”
As you listen to the song above, I want to know: What do you think about this concept of “one moment in time?” Is it all just a silly cliché? Or are these powerful lyrics that can truly inspire? What can you do in this one moment in time to be the best you can be? Let’s talk.