"This person is just like me, but they have what I want and I don’t. What’s wrong with me?"
A question a good friend of mine posed to me today, and I feel it’s something we’ve all kind of asked ourselves at one point.
We all search for validation and acknowledgement, whether we’re vocal about it or not.
But sometimes we forget that you can find that from within by simply reminding yourself how much you’ve accomplished, how far you’ve come and how much progress you’ve made.
At the end of the day, the most important thing is that we believe in ourselves. Be your own cheer team, as silly as it may feel. Remind yourself what you’re capable of and tell yourself that you can do it.
So long as you have that, no one can stop you.
I was at Onyx Cafe last night in Daly City to grab a drink with a friend of mine, and while we were standing in line to order our drinks, I noticed that Jeremy Passion was sitting not too far from where we were. I’ve known Jeremy for a couple years now, and yet I still find myself kind of flustered and nervous when I see him around. This is, after all, one of my biggest inspirations in music who continues to inspire me with his work to this day. So I guess I can grant myself at least a little moment of feeling star struck.
Eventually, I walked up to him to say hi. As we waited for our orders, we sat down and began to catch up with each other. As always he was super welcoming, warm and easy to talk to. I sat there as he told us about his recent travels and shows and I couldn’t help but daydream a little about one day doing the same things with my own career. At one point, before he had to take off, he took a moment to shake my hand and he said, “Man, I have to say that your voice has grown so much in so many great ways over the years,” and went on to encourage me to keep going with it.
I didn’t show it but I was silently freaking out inside. My friend loudly blurted out “AWW SO MANY FEELS” hahah. I couldn’t believe I was lucky enough to hear words of encouragement like that from the one artist who I look up to the most. Lately I’ve found myself in a slump of sorts with my own self-confidence, and to hear that from Jeremy meant the world to me.
It made me feel like everything I’ve been doing hasn’t been for nothing, and that I’m doing something right. Just the extra push I needed to keep me going.