Today I spent about 8 hours practicing bass. I really needed that. Not only because I need to improve my skills, but I needed it to help me “wake up” again. I tend to do my best thinking when I’m playing music, and the past week I’ve been feeling a little less like myself
I also don’t want to become too obsessive about music. I love it, I’m pursuing it with everything I have, but I don’t want to miss other potential opportunities along the way. I recognize there’s truth in saying that you shouldn’t follow what you love, but rather what’s needed in the world. However, I think there’s a misconception as to what “love” is.
For example, I think you have to choose what you love. Since I love music, I can also choose to love whatever else may come in my life. I have no clue what opportunities I’ll receive (or where I’ll end up), but as long as I learn to love life, adventure, and learning, I think I can be “successful” in most positions.
Determination is a powerful tool.
Coincidentally, I think this concept can even apply to relationships and friendships. You don’t want to become too obsessive over someone, and you can also choose to love the best qualities in others.
I chose to play bass for a long time today because I knew I needed it. To you, maybe that would’ve been a waste of time. But to me it was different. That relates to lots of things in life, but it’s a simple concept: don’t follow your passion because you feel like it, follow what you need. Maybe you don’t actually need what you feel you do. And sometimes, maybe you just need to feel.