“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” –Author Unknown
If this quote is true then I am the most impatient person this side of the Mississippi. I hate waiting. I appreciate immediate gratification. I expect my apps to open quickly and with all the correct information. I want my food instant and my new love eternal. Unfortunately, life does not care what I want.
I made a proclamation to the universe that I would spend the rest of my life seeking a higher artistic truth. I bucked against the system when I decided to somehow make a living doing a subjective and often unappreciated craft. A craft that, if you’re lucky, you might be able to live off of in about twenty to thirty years after you start.
So why did I think it would happen overnight? See paragraph one.
We all crave the spotlight. The chance for our hard work to be seen and appreciated, but the truth is we spend more time waiting in the wings than actually performing on stage. There have been many times where I was waiting in the wings with angst, frustration, and jealousy. I couldn’t see past my own desires to congratulate others on their success.
There comes a point when pursuing this that you have to face yourself with total and brutal honesty. There is no other way to survive the instability of it all if you don’t build a strong foundation within yourself. So I decided to get honest. I’ve spent a lot of time the past few years working on surrendering to the wait. But not just waiting, waiting with grace.
I’ve learned so much and I think it’s important for artist to have a community to share. I hope that you’ll come back and share your ups and downs. Victories and frustrations. We all deserve our time in the spotlight, but we also must learn how to thrive while WAITING IN THE WINGS.