Greets Gang! I am on a morning train from Dresden to Osnabruck, Germany today…it’s a sunny morning, and my eyes are barely open…
I just finished 4 days in the Czech Republic playing for the “Guitar Across Styles” festival, and had a wonderful visit there.
As I sit on the train, I am feeling tired but very happy. As I reflect on that….
Quite often I get messages from younger fans who struggle with whether to go into music professionally or something more “stable”.
I am in no position to comment on what anyone should or shouldn’t do – so, this is not about choosing music or not.
However, it is important that you, I and everyone just “go for it” in our lives through a position of strength and courage – as opposed to a fearful, careful sense of living.
There was a time in my life that I knew I wanted to play guitar full time, but always had a “backup safety plan” which invariably became the “plan”. (A little study of the “Law of Attraction” would explain why this happens! )
I had to have a lot of courage (cahones) to “go for it”. This came after years of feeling a “dissonance” between my day to day life and my dreams – and living a frustrating life for some years.
Each time I would shed a “steady” job (that I felt I needed for survival) it took an enormous amount of courage.
I would feel like the wheels were coming off, it was so stressful with each courageous step! And like diving from a high diving board, I had to leap – and it was scary as hell.
This morning I am quite tired, sitting on a train, carrying heavy crapola on the road all over Europe…this is a job I’d do for no one if were it just for the money. But it’s not – it’s for the love of what I do.
The warm feeling in my belly is exactly the opposite (and absence) of the gut wrenching aggravation I felt many years ago of having a dream, yet not having the courage to go for it.
Eventually I took the leap…with no safety net. To my surprise, I am flying better than ever. So can you!!!
When you have the courage to go for it, and actually do in fact go for it – it’s the greatest feeling in the world.
So – Swami Raffanada’s advice for the day is….whatever your dreams are, just go for it! It’s worth it.