This morning my friend Chris Garrison posted up some pics of a recent show he played. Yes at nearly 50, he and I, while not playing together are still doing it. Creating bands. Writing music. Performing. Having jobs and families and such may can create road blocks but we are doing it because maybe we should have never stopped.
That’s an easy assumption now but life is complicated and the relationship with why we start and stop certain activities is never cut and dry. We quit exercising and gain 40 lbs. and in hindsight once we have gotten back into the swing of things we say “Damn, I should have never stopped.” It’s obvious then.
We all innately know what we should and shouldn’t be doing. It’s not super complicated. Yet we fight it. Or we ignore it. Or maybe it’s more complicated than I let on. In the end though. Once we are doing things both that cause us joy (music, art, family activity) or discomfort (exercising after a hiatus, improving ourselves) we never look back and say, “This was stupid. I sure wish I hadn’t done that.” Never.
In fact, 99% both the process AND the outcome are better than we thought they’d be.
I can’t begin to imagine where you want to be from where you sit right now, but per the usual I’m going to to say the same thing. Do it.
Pick something that will bring you a little joy, maybe a little pain, but ultimately a chance to look back and say. I’m glad I did this.
We’re all doing it.