Someone once said “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I can’t recall the exact moment I heard that phrase, or even who it was that was kind enough to bestow those wise words to me. What I do know, however, is that it stuck with me.
As I went through my adolescent years, I spent a large portion of my time trying to figure out what it was that I LOVED to do. In high school, I was involved with a program that allowed me to pour countless hours into shadowing many different careers – dentists, pharmacists, business owners, even journalists and freelance writers. I enjoyed my time with all the professionals that so graciously hosted me, yet I never felt like these were careers that I would feel passionately about. In college, I took forever to make up my mind on what I wanted to major in; so much so that I switched my major three separate times. I was always searching for the career path that would at least give me a chance to “do what I love” for a living. I’m the type of person that has to feel passionate about what I do – whether its my job, my hobbies, or anything my hands find to do. As I was progressing towards my degree, I worked plenty of jobs that would definitely not qualify as things I truly “loved”. But those only encouraged my drive and ultimate desire to one day do what I love.
As I juggled all these options and potential career paths throughout college, one passion that stayed consistent was my love for music. In college, I experienced tremendous growth in both my appreciation for all different types of music and my actual musical ability. I began writing my own music, sitting in on jam sessions, performing, and engaging every creative bone in my body. As my appreciation and skill level increased, so did my desire to one day make music as a full time career.
I’m now a member of a band that has played close to 80 shows in a period of only 8 months, has toured in over 10 states, and is working hard every day to make our dreams become reality. Its not been easy to get where we are. It’s been many long, stressful hours of relentless work; and we still have so much ahead of us. The amazing thing is that I have literally enjoyed every single minute of it. Not once did it ever feel like “work”. That is how I know that what I’m doing is truly what I LOVE to do. Although it is not my full time job yet (I still work as an Account Executive for a small company), I know that Lord willing it will become that soon. The dream is to wake up every morning with a smile on my face – knowing that I get to spend a large portion of my day doing what I love. How many people can truly say that? Myself and the other boys of the Barren River Trio are working towards that goal. We have been blessed by incredible fan support and of course by our amazing Lord to be able to pursue this golden ideal:
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life” – popular adage