When I first dove into jewelry, a friend of mine told me he was sad I was letting go of music to do jewelry and he wished I would stick with music. His sentiment did make me very thoughtful for awhile. After all, when one takes up something new, less time is available for that something old. I have to confess, when I first started tearing copper sheet apart and winding wires until my fingers were just about as sore as when I first picked up a guitar, I didn't play my instrument for a solid week. After that though, we did some touring and practicing, and I once again focused on the band.
last night a funny thing happened. Dia and I were having an e-mail conversation about the covers we would be playing at our Portland college show coming up. (I want to play "Sister Golden Hair" by America and "My Guitar Gently Weeps" by the Beatles.) After a week of my guitar collecting dust, I took it out of its case, and had a bit of an episode remembering a few parts here and there. Why aren't you working fingers? What is the deal? Isn't my musical prowess supposed to be perfection regardless of how often I grease the wheels?
I realized I had been having an affair with my new love: jewelry and had left my old love: music a little behind, only to tip toe back into bed with it and tap on its' shoulder ever so affectionately. "Please baby" I ought to have whispered to music, "You know how much you mean to me. I'm telling the truth now. Take me back."
"We are the architects of our own lives." I'm not sure where I picked that phrase up, but it's true.
Only each of us unto ourselves can discern what will make us the most happy. Music makes me so happy, so complete. Jewelry makes me dance in delight. They are both art to me, emotional, creative, and expressive. And now that I have been fatefully introduced to both, I can't leave one behind. This isn't an affair. Music isn't taking a back seat, there's just a new passenger.
You know you. Go be happy. Wake up early and make time for all the things and people that make you happy. Don't neglect anyone or anything. Embrace it all. That's Chandler's silly advice anyway...
P.S. Everyone check out Rachel Ross' art. She drew that pic of "Steampunk me" to the left! Click on the pic to see more of her stuff!!!