Oliver Wendell Holmes once said: Many people die with their music still in them. Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.
Is your music still inside you? Are you living your life without fear? It seems too much of the time we are so afraid to live that we never do. We go through life being average. But no one’s really average, are they? If we were, there wouldn’t be so many strange people in the world. It’s funny how we judge those that are different, when in actuality, the different ones are the people who are living in their essence, not their identity.
I’ve studied a lot and I’ve listened to plenty lectures on writing and yet, I find myself listening to Michael Hague’s “From identify to essence” lecture over and over. Movies and books are built on emotion. We read and watch tv because we want to feel something. May we want to know that we aren’t alone, or maybe you want to escape your own world. Either way, the transformation that happens in a book is always the same. Your hero is living in her identify. She is who the world sees her as.
Let’s take Madison. Her identity is a teenager who does no wrong. She has okay grades, her life is predictable, and nothing too interesting ever really happens. Maddie meets Lucas and he brings out the wild side of her. For once, she isn’t over analyzing every detail. She thinks she’s free. But that’s the trouble sometimes. Maybe your essence is closer to your identity than you think. Sometimes you just have to look outside your self and let the music out. Just live.