“There will always be a thirteen year-old on YouTube that can do it better,” a funny and sobering comment said by a musician I admired when I was young. “Do it anyway.”
Whether it’s comparison, distraction, busyness, or just life happening, sometimes we let things that once brought us joy fall to the wayside. Intentionally or unintentionally, it’s a pattern in life.
Some of you who I’ve only met in the last few years may not know that writing, recording, and performing music was a huge part of my life for over a decade. I even thought at one point it’s what I’d do as a “career” for the rest of my life.
That full story isn’t the point of this post, but I did realize recently the absence of music, even in just the informal, practice-at-home sense, was something I wanted back in my life. It hit me while reading Bob Goff’s book, Dream Big:
“If you remember a time when you were engaged in meaningful, purposeful work and deeper, more authentic relationships but you no longer are, return to these things. Add them back to your life.”
So that’s what I’m doing. No agenda, no goal, no aim, just pure, unadulterated enjoyment, one that I hope brings others a little extra joy and meaning in their day too.
What about you? What’s a gift you’ve set on a shelf that’s collecting dust? What bit of meaningful, purposeful, authentic work do you need to experience again? Simply put, what should you add back to your life?