This is a guest post by Ethan Waldman.
I was cooking dinner the other night and one of my favorite songs came on. The way that the artist combined his carefully crafted words with the perfect swirling background of strings and guitar brought me a moment of complete joy and clarity. It felt magical.
My mind went blank, and the next thing that popped into it was: I will always make music, no matter what. If you ever have one of these moments, I encourage you to stop and reflect on it. This blog post is my result of doing just that.
I’m a guy with a lot of interests, and if you’re like me you probably have a lot of interests too. Cycling, brewing beer, cooking, and violin are among the many hobbies that compete for my time. Right now, I’m pouring most of my spare time and energy into a new business, so I haven’t had much left over to write and record music.
My friends and family are worried: Is Ethan giving up one of his favorite hobbies? I can usually tune out social pressure from others, but the same worry has crossed my mind before. I’m spending so much time on my business that I haven’t done much musically in a while. Does this mean I’m giving it up?
No way. It doesn’t matter that I haven’t been doing it much in the past few months. I’ve finally reached a place where I know that’s okay, because I know I’ll always come back to it.
That got me thinking, what are other people’s no matter what passions? A quick poll of my Facebook friends and I was amazed at the results. Every person who answered was completely unique. Some of the responses I got were:
Creating art and caring for children
Creating and using new technology- hopefully to the betterment of others
Cooking with friends
I dare you to try it- ask your friends this question and see if you get the same response from any one of them.
What can we learn from this?
When you are following your dreams or pursuing something that is difficult to attain, it can be easy to shy away when you perceive that there is competition. How could I ever do this when there must be so many other people doing the same thing? From my informal exercise, I saw first hand how everybody wants and pursues different dreams. This may seem basic, but it is easy to forget when you are feeling challenged.
If you’re worried that you won’t be able to achieve your goals because there “isn’t enough room” or there’s “too much competition”, think back to your no matter what. The number of other people who have this same dream is probably zero. There is plenty of space in the world for what you want to create. You’d be doing the world a disservice by not pursuing your dreams.
Your no matter what is unique
Your no matter what is 100% valid for you
You should never be ashamed of your no matter what
You should never feel guilt when you neglect your no matter what
You will always come back to your no matter what.
Making music will always be a part of my life. No matter what. What is your “no matter what?”