A friend recently shared with me a quote by Maya Angelou. It struck me to my core and has me contemplating tattooing it on my body somewhere as a reminder to always be honest with self and to trust intuition. Yes, perhaps I will hold off on the tattoo part until I'm absolutely certain :-) but in the meantime, I feel it's imperative to share this quote with you:
"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."
This quote hit me like a ton of bricks when I heard it. In a soft, gentle way. I've spent nearly two years making the album that I'm about to release and a lifetime before that writing music - some of that music made its way onto this album. In the process of taking my dreams and making them reality, recording an album, choosing the right people for the project, choosing to do it with integrity and apologizing when on occasion things did go wrong, I realized that it's not about the money, notoriety or my peers seeing me as a success. I'm already a success. I like myself and the journey I am on to continually be better, I like what I do and how I spend my time and I am in love with the process of how I/we did it.
I will release the album soon and it could be a smashing success or absolutely nothing could come of it. Either way, I am happy to say I know what it feels like to feel fulfilled. I'm not going to be one of those people on their deathbeds that has to look back on their life and know they had a passion and some talent but have to wonder if they could have "made it" because they never threw themselves into the uncertainty and wholeheartedly tried their best. I tried and I worked harder at this project than anything I've done to-date...and as far as I'm concerned, that's the biggest win.
With that being said, bring on the money, bring on the notoriety and bring on the responsibility of being someone who pursued their dreams and succeeded so that I can stand as a reminder for all that we can do this. I encourage you to dive in to the uncertainty of it all and do what moves you.
Anything is possible.