Image by Treacy Mize.
I wrote an opera.
Eight years ago, of course. But still, I feel it was a lovely accomplishment.
After my University sponsored the performances and recording of the work a fellow music composition student approached me and lamented,
“Gee. I wish the University would have asked me to write an opera.”
I could have laughed aloud, but I didn’t. You see,
no one asked.
And as Seth Godin points out,
“Once you reject that impulse and realize that no one is going to select you–that Prince Charming has chosen another house–then you can actually get to work.”
I simply decided that I wanted to write an opera, wrote a proposition and approached the Opera Department myself. Turns out they were rather excited to be on board.
I have found that most all of the things that I have done in my life have been a result of me choosing myself.
The fabulous part of this approach is that there has never been a better time in the history of the world to be an artist with bounding opportunity. To borrow a historical example, if you happened to live in… oh say anytime from the beginning of the world till circa 1800, you likely needed to produce art under the patronage system. The King chose you. You produced work for the glory of the royal court. Fast forward another 200 years and those opportunities began to fall to those with special talent/training or money for education and equipment.
What an incredibly awesome time to live! The tools are cheap, the education is assessable, and you can be truly great if you work to be. And you can have some awesome opportunities if you simply create them yourself.
In some ways its much easier.
In some ways its much harder.
It takes more initiative and confidence to make things happen on your own. But the wonderful part, is that they can and will happen…
If you choose yourself.
Are you waiting for someone to choose you in order to fulfill a dream or secret wish?
In what ways have you already chosen yourself and made things happen?
Unbeknownst to some, I was never asked to teach photography, I was never asked to go online, I was never asked to take those first few pictures or sessions, I was never asked to play team sports either–but there’s an obvious reason for that–. Just because we aren’t asked, doesn’t mean we can’t contribute. Make it happen. You have the power.
Brooke Snow is a photographic artist and delights in the pursuit of a meaningful life. Sign up for her FREE e course “Living A Thriving Life” to learn more about how to find true balance in your life. Brooke lives in Northern Utah with her calm husband and adventurous 4 year old son.