The Path Less Traveled
My journey as an artist hasn't been the typical one. You know, undergrad, majoring in Theatre, and then moving to grad school and obtaining an MFA. That "typical" route. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do with the passions that lay within.
"How do I make them work for me?"
I didn't realize what I wanted to do until after I graduated undergrad. There were little hints, but nothing completely clicked for me. I went to grad school and furthered my education. Again, a few ideas of what to do, but not 100% sure. I started a business and loved writing and producing. Getting a little closer, but not completely there. I moved to Atlanta to focus on my writing career and things started to make more sense.
All of these different pieces meant something.
Recently, I had a phone call with a fellow playwright and friend. From that conversation birthed an idea that just clicked! It helped me add another piece to the puzzle of my path. MY path. Every step, turn, decision, and educational choice that I've made lead to this moment. Now it's starting to make a little more sense.
Someone told me that I needed to make a certain decision that I didn't quite agree with. I wasn't sure what I should do with the information but I wanted to honor the help. But, it wasn't the right path for me. I know that I needed to take an unconventional approach to what is for me. Not many people will understand or agree with that but I'm the only one that can live my life. I have to do what I feel is right to give me the next puzzle for my bigger picture.
So, for all of my fellow artists out there that don't understand how things will work or what each part of your path means, it will make sense! It will be another piece that allows you to be a step closer to what is right for you! And if you didn't go the traditional route, that's okay. Your journey is for you. Take the path less traveled because it means that you won't have too many things in your way. It isn't always easy but it's the path that will come naturally for you. You'll find yourself navigating turns and obstacles a little easier than other ways. Follow what is best for you!