I think one thing I’ve finally lived long enough to understand is that when you sacrifice something, things change… but often the change is beautiful.
Of course it was worth sacrificing that dream to have my children and be with them. But I had no idea of the blessings that would come from it.
I never would have imagined myself as an artist or someone who travels and teaches art to others. That never would have happened in the driven, single purpose, life of the musician I thought I wanted to be. I certainly have as much joy from sharing art as I do from sharing music.
And now I have music too. It’s certainly different than it was. I’m nowhere near as good but this time, it’s not all about me, and about being the best and beating out the other musicians for a chair or solo spot. This time it’s about sharing the beauty and the fun of music.
If you are anywhere near Apex, North Carolina come today and share with us. The Apex Nativity Celebration is a display of over 800 nativity sets from around the world. There will be live music the whole day. At 7:30 we’ll play and sing Handel’s Messiah together. There is nothing like making music. Even better is sitting in the orchestra in the middle of it all. (I’m in heaven there!) It’s just as good to be in a crowd of hundreds making this beautiful noise.