Life is hard for you right now.
Your friends won’t support your dream.
Your day job is horrible.
Your family thinks you’re foolish to chase that dream, that job, that major in college.
Your life is full of difficulty, to which I say … good.
These are the times that are going to shape your voice.
These are the times that are going to add chapters to your story.
These are the times that will lend colors to your palette.
Do I wish that you and I could skip them? Sometimes, but then I remember what Gaspar Cassado, the great cellist, used to say to his students: “I’m so sorry for you; your lives have been so easy. You can’t play great music unless your heart’s been broken.” (Quote from The Art of Possibility.)