The night before the day of TDU
Posted on January 22, 2015
With the Tour Down Under starting tomorrow, I have to admit – I’m kind of nervous! This is something I used to get a lot of; when I started Game Truck Australia I became very stressed and nervous about every party I ran. But now I’ve done enough parties and driven that massive vehicle around enough that it’s all part of a day’s work, so having that old nervous energy in the stomach is just like the return of a slightly unwelcome old friend.
The only time I have really experienced such persistent, wracking nerves was when I started teaching at University, but eventually that faded too. Starting a business was a great way to get out of my comfort zone: I have learned so much and done things I hardly considered a few years ago, but one thing I didn’t expect was the stress. It would make me sensitive and irritable for the whole morning before the party (and perhaps even the night!); I wouldn’t sleep or eat properly – my wife certainly remembers those early months!
I guess I was worried about everything that could go wrong: what if the ute broke down, or I scraped or crashed the van? What if the generator wouldn’t start? What if one of the TVs fell off the wall and smashed, or one of the Xboxes went on the blink, or a controller stopped working? What if one of the kids started crying, or the parents were unhappy? Well a couple of these things have not actually happened and when they did, it wasn’t the end of the world. Perhaps I just had enough success that these worries melted away.
But with Game Truck Australia’s appearance at the Tour Down Under, I find the same kind of nerves and stress returning: yes even that telltale butterfly-feeling in the guts. I think it is the higher stakes involved: Tourism SA, Microsoft and the TDU have put a fair amount of trust in me; it’s a high-profile event; and the opportunity for success is matched by the risk of something going wrong. I guess the stakes are just higher, but I’ll get used to that.
So the Truck is spending the night in the park at Mount Barker, and in a couple of days it will all be over and no doubt just be a memory of one of the most exciting, awesome events I’ve ever been privileged to be part of. Come along to tell me it was all worth it on Sunday at Elder Park!