Sometimes what you want isn’t always what you need — for those of you who started singing Rolling Stones, I salute you. We all have dreams for the way our life is going to pan out, but there rarely is a straight line to how you arrive at being you. I have yet to meet someone who’s life went exactly according to plan. Life’s a funny thing, and it has a way of throwing us some curve-balls every now and again.
So many of us view success in a financial sense. Now, I’m not going to turn down money anytime soon or stop investing, but living a successful life isn’t about the amount of zeros associated with our net worth. Some of the wealthiest people I’ve met are the same who have confided in me about their unhappiness and/or loneliness. When we find something we love to do, we excel at it — and usually that means making some coin in the process. To me, what matters most in life is relationships, not “stuff.” I strive to be financially successful in order to make a greater impact on the world around me (and, who am I kidding? — I really want a Mercedes AMG-GT (it’s downright sexy). But, sometimes we get so caught up in the cash game that we forget the bigger picture. We judge ourselves on economic status.
Mr. Holland’s Opus is one of my all-time favorite films. I’d HIGHLY recommend the watch. It revolves around a composer who started a teaching gig to make some extra cash and it ended up becoming a lifetime career. The film follows him along his journey. He never did become a famous composer, and in many ways he felt as if he wasted his opportunity because in the end, he wasn’t rich or famous, but he touched thousands of lives. In the finale of the film *SPOILER* a huge going-away event was held in the auditorium of the high school. The keynote speaker’s speech was some of the greatest screenwriting (and advice) I have seen in film:
Mr. Holland had a profound influence on my life and on a lot of lives I know. But I have a feeling that he considers a great part of his own life misspent. Rumor had it he was always working on this symphony of his. And this was going to make him famous, rich, probably both. But Mr. Holland isn’t rich and he isn’t famous, at least not outside of our little town. So it might be easy for him to think himself a failure. But he would be wrong, because I think that he’s achieved a success far beyond riches and fame. Look around you. There is not a life in this room that you have not touched, and each of us is a better person because of you. We are your symphony Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life.
I’ll never forget the first time that I received a thank you for being a role model. To be honest, I hadn’t the slightest idea the kid looked up to me. It makes you think… the value on positively impacted lives is invaluable — it’s the music of our lives.
What’s the music of yours?