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#3 Don't Fear The Reaper


One of the beautiful things about #life is knowing that we're all going to die. No amount of perceived #security regarding our life insurance or dental policies is going to save us from the inevitable – and none of us, even the most #beautiful, #talented, and #successful are going to make it out of here #alive. #Anxiety is a strange human response to feeling #threatened that frequently hinders our ability to move forward, make #progress, or take #action. If we could stop these #feelings of anxiety when they first occurred, we could all be much #happier and #productive individuals. Many of the "worst-case scenarios" we #stress about never actually end up coming to fruition (...and if we're not likely to even remember these #stressful situations in, say, 10 years...they're obviously not #important enough to be #stressing over in the first place). We can only do as much as we can do and #work as hard as we can - right now.


Life is all about taking #risks. If we didn't force ourselves out of our #comfortzones and push through our #anxieties, we couldn't #grow as a people or make the extraordinary #breakthroughs that are constantly improving our lives and the lives of future #generations. When I decided to go #offgrid several years ago to #travel and pursue #music, I took the #risks of #failing, ending up in #debt, sacrificing a #safe health insurance plan and other perceived #securities we often believe we have through being employed at traditional companies, etc. But I got to a point where I felt I couldn't go on #living a life feeling #unchallenged as an individual and wanted to put myself in a position where I could be constantly #growing as a person. I didn't see "not taking the #risk" as an option if I wanted to live a #happy life. So I set off with my #guitar and my #laptop (I could barely #play guitar at the time being that #piano was my primary #instrument) - and it was the best thing I ever did. 


Being an #indieartist has its challenges - I often find ways of supporting myself #financially through other channels to remove some of the strain of having to #perform constantly, like helping others with #digitalmarketing - I even have an online jewelry store that started off as a hobby that I filled with #unique items acquired through my #travels (I feel extremely privileged to have a few amazing #employees to manage the store for me while I travel). I don't feel pressured to be a #cookiecutter #artist, to live and die based on how many #likes my #Instagram photos receive, or to always do what others expect of me. Sometimes I don't want to #play music - I don't #write for other people and don't perform to be #applauded. #Songwriting is a #therapeutic process that can be an incredibly #meaningful form of #expression but is generally a very #solitary and #intimate process for me and #inspiration comes when it wants to. Currently, I'm #living my life trying to #love and #appreciate every day, every #moment. I enjoy being able to do things my own way #unapologetically by working hard and taking risks. And if life is a losing game, if #time has the tendency to erase (and we'll most likely all be forgotten), if we know one day our cards will run out no matter what we do, we may as well live the lives we really want to live - and forget everything else.

Gateway to heaven :) #GoTheDistance #Talland #Cornwall #UK


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