• Sean LaFollette


A poem by Sean LaFollette
Running Out Of Time

I can’t stop watching the production of Hamilton on Disney+. Simply blown away and in awe, I watch, mesmerized at the amazing art Lin-Manuel Miranda was able to bring to life. The wonderful dancing, rotating stages, creative slow motion sequences and beautiful music all work together to tell this amazing story. But one thing has really stuck out to me and stuck with me.

More and more, I’m starting to see how music can really impact an audience. When I walk away from a movie, especially a good one, the music is always one thing that really stands out to me. It helps tell the story, drive the emotion and convey more to the audience than I had ever known. Maybe this is why Disney consistently puts music in their movies?

An interesting thought and something I never really considered, but that’s not to be explored in this blog post. We’re here to talk about how one song from Hamilton has stuck with me and got me thinking about our greatest commodity, time.


Why do you write like you’re running out of time? This song has stuck with me for over a week now. It’s inspiring. It makes me think about my life, my career and wonder if I’m working hard enough. Am I doing all I can to make the most of my time on this planet? Am I moving towards my goals effectively?

Time is the only thing we can never get back. It should be the one thing you hold most precious in your life. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. It’s all about how you choose to utilize those 24 hours, that will set you apart.


We all have those days where we snuggle into the couch, fire up Netflix and prepare for the day of binge watching. How do you feel after these days? Good, bad, indifferent?

Sometimes, at the end of these long binges, I feel great. I’m not afraid to admit it. After the final episode of the Madalorian aired, I watched that shit from start to finish in one sitting. It was amazing. Roughly 8 hours of nerding out on some Star Wars, what can be better?

Even though I enjoyed this particular day of life sucking, I don’t always get that good feeling. I don’t always walk away feeling okay about my life's decision on that day. Sometimes, I get depressed. Did I just watch 10 hours of content in one day? Did I not have anything better to spend my time on? Did I just waste a day?


We all have goals, something we want to accomplish in life. Moving towards those goals will give you purpose and keep you feeling happy and satisfied.

I remember when I graduated college, my next goal was to get a job. It took over a year for that to happen. The economy was shit and there were no jobs to be had. I was working at Subway at the time and then it happened, I got a job in Data Management. My life is now complete, right?

This is the exact thought I had. I remember thinking, the hard work is over. I don’t have to learn anymore, I don’t have anything to work towards, I just work my next 40 years and life will be good. Hell, I’m on easy street. As quickly as this thought entered my head, it faded.

There has to be more, right? There has to be another goal to reach for. I need purpose in my life, I want to feel like I’m striving for something. That’s when I really started my film journey, but I wasted a lot of days. Days I can’t get back.

Thinking back to where I was 10 years ago, I am proud of the work I accomplished but shake my head at all the time I squandered. If I would’ve utilized my time more effectively, I would be 10 years ahead of where I am now. I would be in a place, far beyond my dreams, living a life I really strive for. I wasted too many days and I’ll never get that time back. All I can do is think back, take it as a lesson learned and move forward more effectively.


If you have dreams, goals, something to strive for, then consistently move towards them. Don’t waste a single day. You’re in control of how you spend your 24 hours, so make the best of them. Build, create, inspire, educate, move forward effectively. Don’t waste time, because you’ll never get it back. If you want something in life, go get it and be relentless. Write like you’re running out of time, because you are.

- The Failed Filmmaker






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