Snowflakes: A Quick Reflection

A lot is made of the issue of how to get on. How to get one of those coveted top slots in whatever field you occupy. In my case, the field is music. I’ve read and/or seen innumerable amounts of tips and tricks and do’s and don’ts, guides, lists, blogs and vlogs, e-books, instructional testimonials and newsletters. Hardly any of them touch on the reality.

The reality is: you are a snowflake. So am I. We are all snowflakes.

Being the unique and intensely individual snowflakes we are, the likelihood finding success with someone else’s formulae sits way out there on the outskirts of chance. It’s not that those things don’t work. They did. That one time. For that one artist.

I’m not pessimistic for stating it. You aren’t impetuous for wanting the branches of success to bend toward you. From the moment we can cognitively process the world around us, we are relayed a series of qualifiers for success. In all honesty, we might not be told anything more often than we’re told what qualifies as success. The messages ping our synapses from nearly all conceivable places. Winning makes you, sleeping equates to laziness, work is all things, consuming and accumulating inflates us. Social media has taught us to cast aside nuance and humility because “they” need to know what you have or else what you have won’t mean as much. Success: it’s the best revenge, the definition of the living the dream, the defense we give for our actions.

As the manhunt for success continues, we lose sight of the road. Can’t stop and smell the flowers…you know we don’t stop until we reach the top. Can’t be inspired to be better when you’re already convinced you’re the best that’s ever done it. Why heed their cautionary tales? You’re different. Well, that one’s true. You are different, you’re a snowflake, but we’re all a part of the same storm. We’re all trying to figure out how to stick the landing. What I’m trying to say is enjoy the journey. You’re going to spend most of your time on that part.

Yeah. A little clunky but…I think that’s all I have to say about that for now.

Do your best.