Musical Musings

Looking to the future…

ImagePhoto by Cathy Foreman                                                                                

There is so much to learn in this world. The more that you know, the more you realize how much there is to learn. At times it can feel like the whole world is in one big hurry to get to wherever the hell it seems to be going and if you don’t move with the tide you are somehow falling behind. The giant race towards progress seems to demand our constant collective attention. Make money. Move faster. Be constantly connected. Yet, when the racket of daily movement subsides for a moment, there is a quiet voice that reminds me to stop and breathe. I want to take a deep breath. I want to live in this moment. To live in silence for a brief moment seems nearly unattainable. 

I am currently entering the last semester of my Master’s degree at Rutgers University and it is now time to once again consider how to live in the world outside of school. Short term plans most likely put me where I left off before I made the move up I-95 to New Jersey in 2012. Playing gigs. Teaching lessons. Being a self-employed musician. While the prospect of leaving the safe ideological nest of academia and returning to the hustle and bustle of daily movement seems like an unfortunate eventuality, I am bolstered by the feelings of a new level of self-awareness and self-actualization. I feel like I have the tools to do more with my life than I thought was possible when I entered school. In many ways I feel accomplished already that my time is school was spent searching for my own strength. I look forward to the future and to the life that is possible!

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