But it is very easy to have a “Who me?” attitude about this. After all, we are not encouraged after kindergarten to pursue creative things. Music and art degrees are met with scoff when compared with more “practical” degrees. Parents roll their collective eyes when you say you want to go after your dream to sing, to write that book, or work in the church.
It gets worse as you get older. Your spouse and friends think you may be crazy for wanting more than what you have. You do well in a job you don’t necessarily hate (or maybe you do). You provide well for your family, or take care of them at home. Why would you want to upset the apple cart?
On the other hand, many recognize your gift. The most frequent questions are: Do you have a CD? Why aren’t you using this gift? What are you waiting for?
So let’s unpack some things: