So I’ve not written anything in a while… mostly because I’m lazy, I guess. And also because I was using this as a way to remember concerts, and I’ve been going to so many it’s hard to keep up with it. I’m not sure if anyone has ever read my blog or if anyone will read this post, but I do know that I need to write this. It’s on my heart and in my mind.
Sometimes life sucks. Mine is usually pretty doggone good, but I get really bogged down with work. Most weeks involve some kind of overtime, and they always involve ridiculous coworkers. There are days that I think, “man I’m just about to walk out of here.” There are other days that are okay. But those days I want to walk away are hard. I know I need an income and health insurance. I can’t just walk out of a good paying job with benefits, right? But I have to say, the majority of my days are just focused on getting through the week and into the weekend. I live for the weekend. Doesn’t everybody?
The answer to that question: No. You’re probably saying (especially if you have a 9-5 M-F job), “What?? Of course everyone lives for the weekends!”
I would like to challenge that idea. Let me do that.
Larry Kloess doesn’t live for the weekends.
Who’s Larry Kloess? He runs Cause A Scene Music in Nashville. (http://www.causeascenemusic.com/) Larry is living his dream. Larry is living my dream. He is setting up secret shows in random places and watching the tickets sell out completely. He is working with artists to help them present their music to the public. I am not 100% sure of what all Larry does, but I do know that he’s absolutely living his dream and is loving life.
I had the privilege of meeting him very recently, and in following him on all the social media that I am a part of, I know that he doesn’t live for the weekends. He thrives. He is such an inspiration to me already.
Erick Baker (http://erickbaker.com/) doesn’t live for the weekends.
Yeah, my last post was about Erick, but you probably didn’t know that. Look at it if you want. You really should, actually. I just reread it and said, “Wow. That’s a really nice post.”
Anyway, I’ve known Erick for a few years now, and I know that life as a musician can be tough.. lots of traveling and playing music for a few strangers for a few bucks while being away from your family is not the easiest of life choices. But I have never seen him not go out on stage and give it his all. I’ve seen him throw all of his feelings and emotions out on stage for the smallest or most disrespectful of crowds.
I was with him tonight while he played the Basement in Nashville. The crowd wasn’t huge, but he laid it out on the line. It was spectacular. He’s keeping on keeping on because he’s living his dream. He’s thriving. He’s an inspiration.
Obviously everyone has days that don’t go well or where choices are questioned, but that’s just human nature.
I know that there are 95738 people in my life that I could write about, but I also know that this week has proved to be one that has shown me that it’s okay to take a chance and try to live your dream. It’s proved this by spending time with these two people.
I’m working on it.. I’m trying to thrive instead of make it through. That’s what we’re called to do, right? Pretty sure God doesn’t want us to just go through life on autopilot. We are to thrive for His cause.
Thanks for reading. Thanks to my inspirations this week. It’s been a good one.