|My friend Danny ran with me!!|
I was #948 in the Franklin Classic this past Monday morning. Nobody special—just another guy in the crowd. One of a thousand others who braved the early morning start time and the physical challenge of the race. We started as a giant clump of anticipation, and after the starting gun, spread out like a giant amoeba on a long, long road. Heads bounced up and down around me, and little kids raced by. I kept saying to myself, “Hold back, pace yourself, pace yourself.” More kids zoomed past by me. The run was actually quite fun—the energy high all around me. But the best part was at the end, as complete strangers cheered as I crossed the finish line…my first race. My practice race. See, I’ve never been a runner—actually more of an anti-runner. Running was the one thing that I put into the “impossible” category. I’ve tried running before, but was always met with way too much back and knee pain. Not to mention the “L” word—laziness.
But earlier this summer I felt something developing inside of me. It was a desire for an adventure—something really big, something crazy, maybe even a little dangerous. Then a friend told me about the Chicago Half Marathon he was running on September 12th and my heart jumped. That was it. My adventure: running a half marathon.
I’m hesitant to even write about this. But it’s such a strange thing to do to complete and release a CD. Especially when it’s something I’ve been dreaming about doing for 17 years. After all those years of seriously wondering if I’m completely crazy…and even being told by some people that I am… there’s a bit of a feeling of redemption in the completion of this project. And I’m so happy that early reports from people who have heard some of it are very positive.
So what’s the point? This is for all the people who are wondering if they are crazy, as well. You’re not. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that your dreams are going to come true, or in the way you hope they will. Or in your desired timeframe. But I can promise you this: If you don’t give up, and continue working towards your goal, seeking wisdom from people who know more than you, you will find yourself going places and doing things that you never imagined.
There are a lot of people who want to make a CD who need to really work on finding their own unique voice. They need to take a lot of lessons, and learn how to write better songs. And they need to tell an engaging story, something that other people will want to hear. That’s when you’ll be met with an audience at an unexpected time. No audience is concerned about perfection, but they are looking for passion and authenticity.
My number one goal while making this CD was to create a project that only I could create. I didn’t want to make a CD just like everybody else. So what is it about me that makes me so unique? That’s what I had to dive in and uncover. And I’m thrilled to feel like I accomplished that.
My hope? That people would know more clearly how loved they are after listening. To feel that hope is closer than they imagined. And that life is an awesome adventure worth diving into – heart first.
Check out a sample of each of the songs from the CD using the widget at the top right of this page!
Beyond my comprehension, I just ran 10 miles this morning. My final long run before the big race next weekend. But I couldn’t have done it alone.