So many times I hear musicians talking about that elusive recording contract or the world tour, making it big with a number one song. Or that secret thought in the back of your mind that someone important is going to discover you.
And that’s actually ok to have those dreams and aspirations. Without them we would lose focus, lose the anticipation and excitement of the possibilities.
In fact, these dreams and aspirations are an incredibly important part to help you keep going in the tough times and to give you a direction to work towards.
But sometimes the obsession with achieving a particular result means that we can tend to miss what is right in front of us.
Experiencing the journey that you are on is just as important, if not more important than arriving at the destination. I have heard of some musicians and singers that have worked hard to achieve a particular result yet have still not become what they see as ‘made it’. They often become negative, critical and disappointed in both themselves and the music industry.
‘About Time’, a romantic comedy about time travel written by Richard Curtis has an extremely interesting scene that explains how we need to make sure we don’t miss the present because we are concentrating too much on the future.
Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is a young man from England that discovers he can time travel. At one point in the story he goes back and re-lives each day so that the second time through he can really take in all of the experiences. Eventually he discovers that he doesn’t have to keep going back in time but has learned to really live and experience each day the first time.
With all the distractions and pressures of modern day society, taking in the experiences on our journey of life and musical journey is what makes us who we are.
The destination will always change as we complete our goals and move on to bigger and greater things. The real challenge is to live and experience each day in a positive way so that you will never regret where you have been or what you have done and will look forward to all the new experiences that are yet to come.
The journey never ends, life is an experience, not a destination.