The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

As my studio is filling and I see the fruits of my labor turning ripe and delicious, I look back at where it all stems from. I remember the moment I decided to start a studio; I answered the question “if you could be doing anything right now, what would it be?” My immediate answer was “ be a famous opera singer.” Well, I am still working towards that… that takes a little more time. That was quickly followed with “Teach. I want to teach.” It was that immediate, non hesitant answer that catapulted me into the creation of Mockingbird Studio of Voice.

It was right around this time when a group of friends and I sat around chatting about life… jobs, school, what to do next. One of them asked me the same question and when I talked about my dream of running a private music school someday she asked why it had to be so far away in my timeline. Why did I have to wait to finishing “growing up” to get started? “Why can’t you do that now?” Ding Ding Ding! Duh, Cass. Good question. Launch the catapult, for real this time. Within weeks I had the plan for Mockingbird Studio of Voice in motion, and I made sure to send my friend a very big “Thank you” note.  Turning your dreams into reality takes time. It takes a determination, focus, energy… and a plan. Often, it also takes some soul searching. Now is the time to get started, no matter what stage of life you’re in. If you are in school and unable to get the ball rolling, at least get those wheels turning… figure out your passions. Pay attention to what makes you tick. What gets you excited? What things do you want to do with your life? What things are important to you? If you are a post-graduate trying to figure out what to do next, or how to get to where you want to be… make a list. Yeah, I said it… make a list. Label it “Dreams” and then start checking them off. Understand that it may not be a quick and easy thing to complete a goal. It may take years to officially check something off your list. Dare I say you may have to make other lists just to get started on one dream? Regardless, get started. You cannot possibly succeed if you don’t try. You really can’t. So change that. Get started.

Don’t be disappointed when the things you want take time. Instant gratification is lovely for a moment, but it doesn’t stand up to long-term happiness. I am still not 100% where I hope to be in my career. Even as my studio is a success on a day-to-day basis, I still have bigger dreams ahead of me. I have goals that stretch beyond my current situation. I have only been able to check a few things off my list of dreams, but every day I am working hard to cross the next thing off.

So, take a moment right now to write down three things that are really important to you. Then write down three things you hope to do in your life. And three things that you have a passion for. Now, take this list and mull it over. What does it mean to you? Is there anything that overlaps in a way to make a couple of things into one bigger idea? What sort of dreams does thinking about these things create? Take a moment to reflect. Then, begin. It is never too early to start thinking about these things, and it is never ever too late to get going.

Now truly is the first day of the rest of your life. Every day. How awesome is that?


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