Performing is such an interesting thing. I have been doing it since I was a child and yet it remains a challenge. I have gotten better at it as time has gone on and there has been changes in what I perform. I laughed at myself last Friday when I was getting ready to take my gear to a local restaurant/bar here in Regina to get ready to perform, as I realized how anxious I was. Why do I do this to myself I complained to my wife? Well, I do this because I love it. I love to perform and share my songs and stories even though it brings nerves along with it. This is true I think of many things we do. There are nerves even when we become proficient at something. The judge or critic isn’t very far away as he/she is usually close by in our minds. I am trying to learn to become gentler with myself but this takes time, perhaps a lifetime. It can be such a habit to be mean to ourselves, and then perhaps easy to be critical of others as well.
Today I am feeling so grateful for the chances I am having to perform. There is nothing like seeing someone responding to the music I share. I had the chance to see/feel the appreciation of my music this last week and it brought joy to my heart as well as gave me the encouragement to continue. To continue even when others may not understand or appreciate what I am doing. This is true in so many things we do. Others may not understand why we love the people we do nor why we have the passions that we do. Hopefully we can learn that in the long run we are the only ones who need to understand.
So I leave you with these words, to realize that Life is Wide Open and you can live the life that you want. This won’t necessarily be easy or understood. Do it anyway!
Be courageous and creative.
Yours in music and creativity,