Last week my husband and I (Andrea) went away for a couple of days for our 15th anniversary. We choose a hotel/casino “resort” a few hours from home. Because, well, let’s face it. We haven’t been anywhere since our son was born, and it seemed like a good idea at the time.
I don’t know how many of you have been to a casino before. I’ve been to Las Vegas once. I’ve wandered around a couple of the casinos in Detroit and Windsor. And I tried my hand at the roulette wheel way up north years and years ago. I am not any type of gambler. And I don’t mean this blog to be anti-gambling. Don’t take it as that. But, as a newbie and outsider of the whole casino craze, I want to describe what I saw, and what I thought about it.
Machines. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of machines. Ready to take your money. Great. I know slot machines are the worst thing to do in a casino, but they’re easy and no-brainer. (Which is where I go. Tables are intimidating to me.) In front of those hundreds and hundreds of machines where hundreds and hundreds of people.
Sitting. And sitting. And sitting. Now, when I was in Vegas decades ago, you still had to drop quarters in and pull a lever. Today everything is a plastic card and buttons. Put your players card into the machine and click the button. Click the button. Click the button.
These people are sitting there for hours and hours. Clicking and clicking. The majority of them were seniors. Several in wheel chairs. Some with oxygen tanks. Sitting and clicking. The rest of the people were middle-aged. Smoking. Drinking. Sitting. Clicking.
My husband and I played video poker. Well, I played video blackjack. And after a few minutes I found myself zoning out. Not really thinking about the buttons. Just sitting and clicking.
And waiting for something to happen.
Sit. Click. Wait. Hope.
If you’ve seen the TV commercials for casinos (if you have them in your area), everyone is laughing, celebrating, throwing their arms up in the air because THEY WON!!!! WOO HOO! I never saw that. I never saw anyone cheer. I never saw anyone jump up and say “Finally! I finally won! YESSSS!!!!”
Sit. Click. Wait. Hope.
Pushing a button in the hopes of winning is not winning.
Sitting around in the hopes of something happening does not make it happen.
Waiting for your success does nothing.
I titled this blog “It’s a Complete Waste of _________!” Fill in the blank. It could be time. It could be money. It could be resources. It could be effort. You pick the word that is going in there. What are you doing that’s a complete waste of you? What are you doing that has you sitting around, clicking, waiting, hoping?
You have to DO something. In the words of Teddy Roosevelt, TAKE ACTION! Get off your ass and walk away from the machine that is wasting your life away and go LIVE YOUR LIFE. You want to win? Go out, take action, and make yourself a winner. No one, no machine is going to do that for you.
Get off your ass, find your path and do it.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.