Following Your Dream

Like most ambitious individuals, I have gotten where I am today through perseverance, dedication, and a commitment to strive for the goals that are most important to me. My plans for the future are quite specific and I have always felt that I was very lucky to know what I wanted to do with my life from an early age. While many children have no clue what they want to be when they “grow up”, I was the child who was always asking questions, discovering new and exciting things from my own unique point of view, and kept on working and wanting to know more. I wanted to be a musician. As far back as I can remember, I loved music. I had an affinity for it and explored genres that children my age weren’t listening to with any kind of piqued interest. I was into Clapton when my friends were listening to bubblegum pop on the radio. Classical music fascinated me, I was big into punk rock and ska, the kind of bands that the older kids liked. That got me in with them and I was running with an older crowd, the 8th grader hanging out with juniors and seniors.

I feel the personal attribute that is most important to me is my sense of curiosity. It has been the driving force behind just about everything I have set my mind to accomplish. When I had a question, I didn’t just ask for it to be answered, I wanted to know more and do the research for myself. I learned how to play songs by figuring them out on my guitar, note by note. Eventually I started to buy songbooks and learn how read music. My mother was thrilled that I had taken such a big interest in music, my father on the other hand, not so much.

For centuries, curiosity has provided the spark for unlocking some of the greatest mysteries that have stumped some of the most brilliant minds who ever lived. I think that if you are not curious you are not alive and I credit my own inquisitive spirit for empowering me with this love for music that has stuck with me for much of my life. I couldn’t imagine a life without my curiosity, my speculative spark that has inspired me to do some amazing things and experience events that many other kids my age likely haven’t had a chance to witness in their young lives. To be curious is to seek knowledge, gain acceptance of the things that simply are, and seek out ways to improve them in a way that only certain individuals are able to achieve. This is not to suggest that only a certain few have the skill and ability to become the true pioneers and trailblazers to usher in the future. I feel that every one of us has the potential to offer the world the next groundbreaking idea, the next classic piece of music that generations of people will appreciate as timeless art.

Now I am proud to say that I have been able to turn my love of music into a lucrative career and I’m here to tell you that you should never give up on the dream. Go after it with all your heart and passion and keep that curiosity alive. It’s never too late to pick up an instrument and learn how to play it. You can start by visiting and reading reviews of some of the best guitars and headphones currently on the market. There’s nothing like the feeling of your first guitar in your hands; feeling the neck, the strings, the raw power that can come from it. Music is an amazing outlet for one’s creativity to be unleashed and there’s no more powerful symbol than the electric guitar. Those who can dream it, can be it and you’re never too old for dreams.