…the other day I was looking for a movie to watch with my son Finn, and happened to come across the movie ‘Rango.’
Having seen the movie before, and loving it, I knew he’d enjoy it too.
Now, if you don’t know the movie I won’t go into the whole story line, but it’s about a chameleon (Johnny Depp) that ends up lost and alone and makes his way to a frontier town Dirt.
Like most of those western movies, Rango enters the local saloon only to be met with sudden silence and a hundred heads turning in his direction.
Making his way cautiously to the bar, he calls for a drink and as most of those movies have, he’s grilled by one of the locals about who he is and where he’s come from.
Looking into the mirror behind the bar, he thinks to himself….’Who am I?….I could be anyone?’
Knowing that no one knows him, or knew what he was like in his previous life, he takes on a gunslinger persona and plays out that part for most of the movie.
For me, that moment has a huge lesson in it. Not only has Rango got a chance to play any role he wants to…..but we all do.
What character are you picking today?
The one you picked yesterday….that said you were dumb, stupid, never going to make it and why bother trying person?
Or someone better?
‘But Barry, I can’t do that,’ you say.
OK then, but what age were you when you picked the character you’re playing today?
12…after that teacher said you’d always be stupid?
18…when that guy laughed at you for asking him out?
35….when your lost your job and felt like a complete failure.
More important than your birthday, there’s a date when you defined yourself. From that date on you’ve played the role that fitted the part.
Like Rango, you could have been anyone.
Don’t like your role, pick a better one.
PS – And go watch the movie, it’s well worth it.