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"Happy with a Failure"

by D. M. Larson

From the published play "Music Maybe" ISBN-13: 978-1519120106

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"Happy with a Failure" monologue from the published play "Music Maybe" female version of monologue (male version of monologue below)

(Bea looks around the room at all the instruments)

BEA

Sometimes you're given everything and it means nothing. My parents gave me all the lessons, all the support... everything I needed to succeed as a classically trained musician, but somehow, I was left feeling empty. I slowly realized what I was doing had nothing to do with me, but everything to do with them. I spent most of my life doing things for others, trying to figure out what other people wanted me to do. I was always guessing at what might make my parents happy, my friends happy... I never asked myself, what would make me happy. I was so worried about people not liking me... and thinking I was selfish. But being selfless can leave a person feeling less. Empty. And without an identity. So I finally got tired of it all and quit. Quit everything... quit the symphony... quit the social pressure... quit worrying about what my parents thought of me. I found out who my real friends were and who could appreciate me for me... not for what I can do or do for them. And you know what I realized after I thought a little bit about myself? I realized I wanted to be a rock star. I know... it's crazy, but it's something I can get excited about... it's something that makes me feel alive. And even if I fail, at least I tried and at least I was happy. How many people can say they are happier with a failure than a success?

END OF MONOLOGUE


See Below for Male Version of Monologue


"Happy with a Failure" monologue from "Music Maybe" male version

Bay looks around the room at all the instruments.

BAY

Sometimes you're given everything and it means nothing.  My parents gave me all the lessons, all the support... everything I needed to succeed as a classically trained musician, but somehow, I was left feeling empty.  I slowly realized what I was doing had nothing to do with me, but everything to do with them.  I spent most of my life doing things for others, trying to figure out what other people want me to do.  I was always guessing at what might make my parents happy, my friends happy... I never asked myself, what would make me happy. I was so worried about people not liking me... and thinking I was selfish. But being selfless can leave a person feeling less... empty. And without an identity. So I finally got tired of it all and quit.  Quit everything... quit the symphony... quit the social pressure... quit worrying about what my parents thought of me and found out who my real friends were. Who could appreciate me for me... not for what I can do or do for them.  And you know I realized after I thought a little bit about myself?  I realized I wanted to be a rock star.  I know... it's crazy, but it's something I can get excited about... it's something that makes me feel alive.  And even if I fail, at least I tried and at least I was happy.  How many people can say they are happier with a failure than a success?

END OF MONOLOGUE

From the Published One Act Play
MUSIC MAYBE
Available on Amazon.com

ISBN-13: 978-1519120106

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Art by Shiela Larson

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