The fiasco is the funny more humiliating version of a catastrophe. In a catastrophe, someone dies or gets seriously injured. But, in a fiasco, someone might just shit the bed or fail miserably in some very human but very embarrassing way.
All of us have had some degree of exposure to a fiasco.
In the moment, fiascos are far from fun but the victim almost always looks back on them and laughs or smiles or both. They make for good stories and if we’re lucky, great lessons.
Most of the fiascos I have found myself in (and I’ve found myself in many), have shaped me into a better more humble human to some degree.
Shitting the bed has a way of humbling us — it makes us aware of the fact that our shit does in fact stink.
Fiascos are life’s necessary cluster-fucks.
By Cole Schafer.