Wow, this is something I don’t usually reflect on in my life. Usually, when I make mistakes, I learn from them and move on. Let’s see, 2 years ago, I landed my first big kid job as a Data Analyst and pretty much worked full time since then. I guess I’ve changed in the sense that you have to work hard to get what you want. In college, I worked hard in my classes and tried my very best but it doesn’t compare with what the “real world” brings. My friends and I had numerous discussions on where would we end up after college. The “real world” and being “big kids” that we talked about made us apprehensive but still confident that we could do anything that we want. In the 2 years that past, all my good friends that I grew up with live in Florida, New York City, Indiana and Philadelphia. I’m so happy for them and at the same time it made me realize, that we’ve all worked hard to get what we want. The real world is fun but at the same time challenging. Now, I have bills to pay, chores, helping my parents and other stuff that made me realize I’m officially an adult now. 2 years ago, I was just a kid doing my homework and made sure I passed. Now, it’s totally different. The 2 years have taught me that I’m growing up and start taking responsibilities. Another thing I thought of is that the 2 years have made realize you have to make time to do the stuff you want. In 2 years, I’ve worked over 4,000 hours. That’s a lot. It was the same routine for me. Get up, work 8 hours, come home, eat dinner, bed. The weekends, I’d either spend time for myself or make plans with someone. With the work schedule I have, I realized that I need to make time to spend with the people I love. Time is precious. I’m lucky enough to meet some great people in my work and spend time with them after work hours but I do miss my family and friends. Now that my friends live in different cities, I now make any time I can get to make sure I see them if they’re in town. Work does pull a significant amount of weight on me and I’m exhausted by the time work is over. But, I can’t let that get to me. Work is important but spending time with family and friends is invaluable. I’ve changed in the last 2 years to make sure that I can at least spend an hour of my time with a friend I haven’t seen in a while because it’s important to me. In college, I saw my friends every day and thought nothing of it. Now that I’m an adult, it’s hard getting that time with my friends and family. So, I make time for them. As a whole, I’ve changed in the sense that I’ve grown up tremendously and learned that time with my friends and family is very important.
After about 6 posts in writing on Basketball, Survivor, and reviews, I’d thought I share the artistic side of me. As long as I could remember, I’ve loved music. There are times watching home videos that I would dance any time a song came on. I guess you could say music brought out the best in me 🙂
Flash forward to my last days as a high school student. By this time, I’ve had 13 years of experience playing the piano. Also, I played Bass Clarinet in my high school Symphonic Winds, Baritone Saxophone in Eastside Jazz Ensemble and Clarinet in my Marching Band. I had the pleasure of being the clarinet section leader in the Marching Band and got to play in the OMEA All-State Ohio Honor Band in my senior year. I’ve also participated in 3 district honor bands, pit orchestras and other community events as well. Needless to say, music was pretty much my life in high school. Besides music in high school, I’ve done piano solos at church, retirement homes and other events as well. Probably all of you that are reading this is probably thinking…why the heck are you an accountant?
Yes, I have thought about music as my full time career. To do that, you have to put yourself in the state where practicing is like a habit from here on out, like walking or eating. I hated practicing. I really did. 2nd, the industry is very hard. Becoming a music teacher or playing in an orchestra is rare at times because its difficult finding that kind of work.
Right now, I am happy where music has brought me. After high school, I went to UC and was involved in the Bearcat Marching Band for 4 wonderful years. In my senior year, I had the opportunity to be the clarinet section leader and also lead a couple of clarinet choirs as well. I play the piano often nowadays. I am not really involved like I was back in my high school/elementary days. There is no pressure to practice a lot now because I really have nowhere to perform. But, just recently, I played at my dad’s old church as special music for their morning service. I think that’s where everything started. When I was 8, my dad thought it would be cool to have my play during offertory or special music at my dad’s church and it grew from there. Now, they keep inviting me back to play which I love doing. Any chance I get, I love to perform for people.
Music is definitely my escape these days. After rough days, or there’s a lot on my mind, I play piano just to relax me. I am happy where music brought me and I am very fortunate that I know how to play different instruments and go to my escape whenever I want. Music is and will always will be my life.