When to call it

The movie Deep Water Horizon is about an oil rig which blew up in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

It turned into being the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

It’s a good movie about a terrible event.

Towards the end there was a line which stood out to me.

“All these things that they said could never happen, happened.”

There were scenes throughout where someone would go to press the EDS button (emergency detachment system) but they would hesitate and pull away.

Not many people have the authority to press the EDS button. Once it’s pressed, a system is activated to cut the oil rig away from the drill, then a new well has to be drilled. It’s a one time only thing.

The oil rig is exploding right in front of their faces but no one manages to push the button. Then Jimmy Harrell eventually makes his way to the bridge and presses the button. He’s one of a handful of people on the rig with the authority to press it.

Once the button is pressed, the oil rig detaches from the well but the damage had already been done.

I won’t spoil anymore because it’s a good movie.

Even if you think something will never happen, it still can.

And you’ll have to know when to cut it before things get too out of hand.

A long term relationship that turns toxic.

A job which you used to love no longer challenges you anymore.

A lifestyle choice which can’t be sustained.

It’s called the sunk cost fallacy. Or when we keep going with something even though we know it’s bad for us.

As hard as it is to make the decision to start something new, it can be even harder to end something which already exists.

Breakups are hard.

Quitting your job for something more fulfilling takes courage.

And giving up that thing which used to fun but isn’t anymore will take a little adjusting.

But better to call it now before it all goes up in flames.