I was up past my bedtime last night playing craps with friends.
The last time I played craps was in high school algebra class. Like many a teenager I was bored and not really interested in the math behind games of chance, and so the rules of the game did not stick. I recall the boys in the class excitedly tossing the dice across the floor and against the classroom wall, yelling all the while. I thought they were morons.
We had a blast last night learning the intricacies of the game and the lingo — boxcars, Johnnie Hix, hard eights — and how to bet. Our teacher, Mark, was incredibly patient with our little gaggle of women. We even got etiquette tips, like get your hands out of the way by the time the shooter throws the dice. Biggest lesson I learned is that craps is a great way to lose money fast.
Will that stop me from playing at a real casino craps table someday? No way. Life is too short not to try something new, even if it’s complicated (and craps is).
As is my way with personal ramblings, there is an application here for my worklife as well. There are days, living in this creative space, that I get frustrated. Why can’t the answers come easy? I want a perfect view of the perfect solution, but dammit, the path isn’t clear yet. Am I even on the right path?
As my friend Polly says, “You gotta start somewhere.”
So I’m going to throw the dice and see how they land. I’ll lose some and win some, and that’s OK. Taking the chance is the point of the game.