"Royal Flush" - 2013 International Contest Speech.
My 2013 International Contest Speech. I came 1st at club level and second at Area Level with this speech. Copyright of the speech and photos belongs to Zani Smit.
A royal Flush is considered the ultimate poker hand. It’ s made up of 5 car
ds, all from the same suit - 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace.
The probability of making a royal flush is almost impossible.
In terms of odds, your chances of getting this unbeatable combination in a game of poker is six hundred and forty nine thousand, seven hundred and thirty nine (649 739) to 1.
Mr. Contest Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen. We all want that Royal Flush in Life.
But here is a question for you...
If we were all players in the game of life what would a royal flush even look like. And Is it even achievable?
The year was 1770. A boy was born in a cold dark attic room at his family home in Germany. It was not an easy birth and the boy barely survived. But he did survive and in doing so he slightly raised the odds for his parents who lost four children in infancy.
Life wasn’t easy for this boy who had a sick mother and an alcoholic father who was harsh and never realized this boy’s potential.
In Poker terms we can say this boy got dealt a louzy hand in life and from the outset the odds were not in his favour.But the odds can change, even in a poker game. It just takes one card.
And this boy Ludwig van Beethoven did get this one card that changed everything - Music!
At the age of of 7½ Beethoven performed his first concert and later he composed 9 symphonies, 5 concertos for piano, 32 piano sonatas, and 16 string quartets.But Beethoven’s luck did not last very long and he began to lose his hearing at age 28.By the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf and he could no longer play his own compositions.
The year was 2012, the shopping malls reflected fairy lights in their windows, the music was upbeat. It was two weeks before Christmas and I was in the middle of a poker game.
The dealer dealt me my first three cards and I was relieved that I had a steady hand – loving family, good job and my third card was very special. It was my very own personal cheerleader. Someone who inspired me, who taught me about classical music and filled our home with his beautiful piano rendition of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.
Everyone placed their bets and then came my next card.
I could not continue with the game, I sat frozen at the table my world falling apart- my cheerleader had just passed away.I wanted to fold my hand then and there. It was so easy to give up and admit that life had defeated me.
But I stayed sitting at the poker table and waited and waited for my last card - This card was different from the others. It had a picture of me on it and it said “you are in control of your own destiny”.
Ladies and Gentlemen what is life but a random selection of cards? What I’ve realized is When life gives you a poor hand to play with, it’s up to you to change the odds. Even if your biggest cheerleader is no longer there, even if you lose your hearing you can continue playing. You don’t need anyone else to believe in you, the only person that needs to believe in you is yourself.
Every time I perfect my school figures on the dance floor, hear applause when I leave the podium or move my tired feet across the finish line – I rejoice that my gambling days are long over.
And Beethoven, while completely deaf he went on to compose Symphony number 5 the most popular and best-known composition in classical music, and one of the most played symphonies that we encounter frequently in popular culture.
Now that’s what I call a Royal Flush.