Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in America!
Happy Thursday to everybody regardless of where you are!
This week begins the holiday season. It is always one of my favorite times of year - even with all the bustle and busy-ness, I find it a great time to be still and re-evaluate and re-tool what I want to accomplish.
I was asked recently why I starting writing this blog - and even though it has gained a wonderful readership over the years - YOU - I started it because I just needed to write things down. I wanted to collect my thoughts as I observed the business, the theatre, the studio, the craft, the spirit of the artist. I figured writing a blog was less stressful and less expensive than seeing a shrink!
In writing this, I have discovered more of what I want to accomplish. I have been able to find more clarity and specificity in my artistic life and how I challenge others to do the same.
Trust me, every issue I write about, I have learned about! I did not come out of the womb knowing how to do things in this business or on my own artistic journey! If anybody made mistakes or took missteps along the way - it was this girl! I know because I lived it, and figured out how to fix it and make it work.
I keep learning. I keep discovering. I keep evolving.
Do I get frustrated? Do I procrastinate? Do I get scared? Of course I do.
Do I question and wonder if it's worth it? Yes.
Do I get angry with myself or disappointed with myself when I don't follow through the way I wanted? Yes.
But every day is a new one. I have the grand capacity to make things much more complicated than they need to be; I am learning to release that and truly live in the present and in the moment and breathe through my initial reaction to create more complication. Some days I succeed. Some days I need to keep learning!
So today, as I sit at my computer screen before the day's festivities begin, I sip my coffee and look out the window at the winter wonderland that has landed gracefully around me and say:
Thank you for possibility.
Thank you for hope.
Thank you for not just accepting, but questioning to find the right answers - the right answers for YOU.
Thank you for discovery.
Thank you for strange and unique and odd directions of the path.
Thank you for artistic inquisitiveness.
And Thank YOU - for reading, for emailing me or messaging me or posting. Thank YOU for inspiring me to write and to question for you, for me, and for all of us as we meander this crazy life of artist and of business of show.
As we all muddle through together, there is suddenly an "A-HA!" moment - and I live for those!
Keep living for your "A-HA!" - and when you find it, savor it. It belongs to you. THEN you can give more fully to those who ask of you.
Be wherever you are. And wherever you are, be there.
Susan Eichhorn Young covers all things voice—strong and sophisticated singing and speaking.
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