The Priority Shift
The clarity of my path became driven by a need to justify my chosen career path. Telling friends, family, and strangers usually yields a common response, "Oh, that's cool..." I also felt an urge to establish some sort of financial independence, especially after proposing to my now wife. But as most of us come to understand, college can create a sort of bubble. Life will continue and priorities will either be established or a vagueness will dominate.
The pressures of the "Real World" creates a necessity to focus. The priorities and rewards of a marriage, kids, mortgage, building a common vision, etc takes priority. The responsibility to provide becomes the main focus and although you are pursuing the vision, you come to understand the larger picture.
Of course I question if this original vision has led me to a place of failure. The priority is to provide for my family, and as a musician this can be difficult. Have I failed? Maybe. Depends on the viewpoint and whether I have failed to recognize the priorities in my life.
Check out www.bobrossguitar.comto follow my journey.