March 18, 2009

Hindsight is 20/20

Last night, I saw my old friend, Ryan Star, kill it at Bowery Ballroom. After the show, I caught up with one of his former band mates, Peter. Peter's now running his own software development co. in NYC. I asked Peter if seeing Ryan continue to pursue the dream of rockstardom made him nostalgic or regret his own career path. He basically said, hell no. The band was awesome, but now he has no desire to be on a tour bus, living the life of a nomad.

We bonded over how hindsight is 20/20. Both of us have had what appear to be circuitous and, at times, challenging professional journeys. Of course, we made our own choices, but that doesn't mean it's been easy or we haven't made real sacrifices. In retrospect, though, it all makes sense and has led us to where we are now, which is an exciting and hopeful (but still not guaranteed) place.

The moral of the story is:
Stick to your guns, because, even if everything doesn't make sense now, in due time, you will realize you are writing the story of your life; like all compelling stories, the narrative will take unexpected twists and turns, but concrete themes and a clarified direction will start to emerge. The next chapter is just a page-turn away.

A creative blend of kitchen rap that inspires a Latina San Antonio grandmother to find a new beat. Directed by Cristina Ibarra.