“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” –E.E. Cummings
Why is it so hard to believe that we can actually accomplish more than we ever thought possible? Its interesting when we are young that our parents, friends, teachers all tell us to live our dreams. Go big! Every year in school the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We draw pictures of our dreams in elementary school, we go to games, concerts and cheer our role models on. Then once we hit 18 its like a light switch. people are telling each other to go to college, get a degree, work a 9-5 and live happily ever after in your house that you will be paying for for the next 30 years. Most americans also get stuck at a job they do not even like just to pay the bills. I know its extremely difficult and its hard to stay positive. Have you ever had these thoughts come up. “I don’t have money.” “I don’t have time.” “I don’t have any connections.”. Etc. I get it. I have been there before. I have had some of these same thoughts. Its not until I get a clear understanding and keep a clear idea of what my “Why” is that keeps me moving in the right direction. If you have never heard the term, a “Why” is the answer to what your purpose is in what you are doing. My “Why” is I do music because its a part of me like air. Its therapeutic to me. It makes people happy. Music can connect us no matter what religion, race or gender you are. I remember when I first started writing music. I had written my first song when my grandpa past away. This is when I first discovered that music was therapeutic to me. On my first album I worked 2 jobs and would go to work all day and every night I would go to the studio and work from 11-3 in the morning so I could afford my first album. People would tell me all the time. “You cant afford to make a CD.” “No one is going to write songs for you. They only write songs for big artists.” “Its a one in a million chance to get big in the business.”. I finished my first album and it took me a year in a half to write and pay for. I had written 10 songs on the album and it didn’t matter if I made it big or not because I had kept my “Why” in my mind all the time. My “Why” is I write music because I love it and I love connecting with people.
Why do you do what you do? Do you like your job? Are you happy? I challenge you to find your “Why” and run with it. Everyone has a purpose in life and if you are not living your purpose you will not fully be happy and fulfilled. You will be content maybe but that doesn’t sound too exciting….
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