One of the most difficult things about being in a show is seeing it come to an end. Three months of hard work and preparation wrapped up in six exhilarating performances. But once the show ends it creates a vacuum of creative energy. This week has been that for me. It has also been a great time for my body to finally shut down after tackling such a demanding role.
I miss the people. Old and new friends. I miss the music. I miss the lights.
A friend from the cast posted online that we shouldn’t be sad that it’s over but be glad that it happened.
That is true and I am trying to see it that way. I said to my wife last night that I feel sorry for the millions of people who still don’t know what they were created to do. That is why I dedicate so much of my time and energy encouraging people to figure it out. For me, it’s singing and acting. That is the thing I love to do more than anything in the world. It’s the thing that I would regret most if I didn’t pursue it. And I am so thankful that I was able to find a career that allows me to pursue that passion.
On days like these, I recall a time when I had no idea what I was supposed to do with my life and I thank God. I thank Him for allowing me the opportunity to (re)discover my passion for the performing arts and then giving me the courage and fortitude to endure some very lean months in order to pursue my dreams. I thank Him for a family who loves me and supports me. For a wife and children that I do not deserve.
I’ve been given a gift, and I never want to forget that. I want to share it with the world. I don’t mean share my talents with the world, I mean I want others to have the gift of being able to do something that they love.
Remember to make some time in your schedule for something you love to do. Life is short and no one ever regrets not working more. They regret not taking the time to enjoy life and invest in their passion.
Photo credit: Donald Otto