Before I get to the heart of what I want to speak about today, here’s a few random updates from my week:
Performing with this choir always feels like a piece of heaven on earth. No exaggeration. Music-making with these incredible human beings is one of the biggest joys of my life.
Here’s a little peek at where I’ll be traveling to this semester. I wish I could take all my Beautiful People with me!
I’m still reading Wonder, and am in crazy book-love with this story. Read it, read it, read it.
Also, thanks to my friend Sarah, I have become obsessed with this soundtrack:
You can check out Sarah’s lovely blog here: https://lovesarahashley.wordpress.com
Regina Spektor is my jam here recently. I love these two songs by her!
Anyway. I’ll try to keep my rambling under control today. Emphasis on “try”.
Here’s what’s on my mind, Darlings…
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how incredibly blessed I am. Really. God has given me so many beautiful opportunities. And while that’s wonderful and humbling, it also completely terrifies me at times. I don’t want to waste a moment, a day, an opportunity.
I don’t want to waste my life.
I am a complete believer in you discovering what YOU are good at and passionately following that path, wherever it takes you. People are sometimes critical of my choice to be a music major. Yes, I won’t be making a ton of money. Yes, it’s not the most glamorous job in the world. But working with high schoolers each day, seeing their passion for choral music, and uniting with them in that is how I want to spend my life.
There’s nothing wrong with an office job, crunching numbers, etc. But it’s not for me.
I don’t believe blessings should remain contained. I constantly feel the need to use whatever God has placed in my life. Whether it’s talents or any other kind of blessing, really, how can you use those gifts to bless others? To make a difference? To touch someone’s life, even in a seemingly insignificant way?
I don’t think I should ever be fully “content” in my life. By that I simply mean…I always want to strive to do more. Be more. Live more.
It’s hard, Beautiful People. It’s scary. It’s hard.
I’ve gone through disappointing things in my life. We all have. Times where I thought, This is too hard. I can’t do this. I can’t.
But by God’s beautiful grace and immeasurable love, I can.
I’ve discovered in my life…thus far…that some of the scariest, toughest things that I’ve done have resulted in some of the most rewarding things/parts of my life. But the thing is…I had to do them.
Don’t be that person who sits tucked up inside all day watching Netflix and dreaming of goals they aren’t actually willing to pursue.
That’s not okay. It’s not enough.
You need to do more.
I need to do more.
Every day. Every moment. Strive for that. Strive to live an awfully big adventure.