Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Choosing to be a musician was the best choice I've made in my life.
The rewards, the challenges, the friendships and the profound sense of community, performing, teaching, and of course practicing - for me, this path has been perfect. Ideal.
I know now that practically speaking, choosing to be a musician was a horrible idea. I had no idea what I was getting myself into - I got good grades in school. I could have been a doctor or something. Instead, I'm poor. I'm tired. My body is sore from practicing. None of these things are things I would have chosen on purpose.
Choosing to be a musician was the best choice I've made in my life. Not because it has been easy, but because of how I've been challenged.
Along this path, I've been consistently challenged and challenged in ways that have often been painful. Every challenge, though, has been a challenge to be more honest. To be a better person. To give more deeply. To be more present. To be more grateful. To treat people unconditionally. To learn from others - younger and older. To listen to my heart and to really make choices that come from the best part of me.
Being a musician was the best choice I've made in my life. Not because it has been easy, but because of how I've been challenged. And through these challenges, I've learned how to be honest. How be a part of a community. How be myself.
And so you know I'm not kidding...
I'm writing this after working - practically straight - from 7:30am this morning until 11pm tonight.
I made the decision to become a musician about 10 years ago. I was 17. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Luckily, choosing to be a musician was the best choice I've ever made.
Thank you everyone who has been a part of my life these last 10 years. I've learned so much with and from you.