Sometimes I get conflicted about making a choice to do something for myself that is not musically related, or choosing to do something healthy that would take away from my music time. Before I decided to explore music as a career option, before I moved to Los Angeles, I had lots of time for alternative activities. I lived in a quiet town and wasn’t pursuing music so there was a significant amount of down time and I filled it with activities I was passionate about; yoga, meditation, tango, art…cut to now living in Los Angeles where the pace is so different and I barely have time to do anything else that is non music related…or do I?
Life is filled with personal choices and my choice was to change my life and pursue music full force which completely changed my lifestyle. It meant a whole different life of treating my music like a business which takes a lot of time; and I love it. It filled my life with a joy I had not experienced before, but I also lost something. I pretty much gave up those other activities that fulfilled me spiritually and enriched my life. At first, I felt it was a necessary choice as I got introduced to a new life, people and experiences full of challenges; but after 6 years, my life in Los Angeles has evened out. I have more stability and don’t feel like I have to go out to every single opportunity like I felt I needed to do when I was completely unknown, but I still feel this sense of guilt and worry about taking time away from my music for my health and enjoyment. I feel like if I do, then I will miss out on something or be forgotten….
I have come to realize slowly that to enrich myself with other activities that I feel passionate about, or take some time off, benefits my music world greatly. We all have to “fill our well.” Wells run dry, and we will reach rock bottom if we work ourselves relentlessly. For creative people, the flow of ideas tends to get blocked when we don’t fill ourselves spiritually or take care of our health. Our bodies will tell us-we will get the signs, and it’s so hard to change; our work ethics become a habit hard to break.
When I take time out for myself I get so many new perspectives, creative ideas-and most importantly-a sense of peace in this crazy world.
Take some time for yourself and see if it brings some peace and inspiration.
Do you struggle with making time for yourself? Any tips? Share it here!
We welcome your COMMENTS below! Music Emerging responds to every comment! Click “Subscribe via-email” to get an email alert when a new comment appears.
More writings from Music Emerging:
Coaching Services: www.musicemerging.com/coaching