Today I truly learned a lesson and hopefully you will learn it through reading this entire post instead of experiencing it yourself. I play in a High School marching band and a week ago my band director was approached by some people to do a parade. A few days before the parade another offer presented its self to have a drum battle (I’m in the drum line). A day after the battle we had a drum line meeting and majority of the people said let’s do it. We would face our band rival and another school that is starting to come up. This was very last notice and so we did songs we assumed we should already know naturally. We had one practice before the competition and assumed that would be enough. After the very short parade for the firehouse’s anniversary we had a drum line battle. We did parade order Rival first, Us, then the come up band. After our rivals performance I assumed we would do good and the crowd would applause. All the assumptions were wrong. The band I play for is arguably one of the best in the state.
I’ll fast-forward to the end of my band’s performance, we lost. It was said to us that it was the worst performance we’d ever done and we have done a lot of performances. It was so bad we didn’t even Finnish. We got 2nd or 3rd out of 3 bands. Out of all of the mistakes we made i think the most important lesson to learn today is never assume anything.
Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.