Find Your Passion–Then it’s time to Rock!
How does he keep doing it? A big head on a spindly body, wild hair and an off-key voice, all the while gyrating to 4/4 time, the basic building block of Rock ‘n Roll.
I well recall watching the Rolling Stones on black and white TV back in 1967 when I was 12 years old. Except for the well-lined craggy face, Mick Jagger looks the same and still gives electrifying performances. Countless big-time singers and musicians have come and gone during Jagger’s tenure as the Stones’ lead singer, whether from drug overdoses, unfortunate accidents or self-destruction due to lack of personal self-discipline.
I like the Stones but not a big fan, so I’m writing this post without any particular bias towards them; indeed, I’m a Jazz aficionado. But I respect those in the music industry who have staying power, whether it’s because they’ve been smart enough to evolve as they’ve aged and music tastes changed, or stayed close to their roots. Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones are the latter case.
Jagger’s disgustingly rich. He doesn’t need to perform. However, when he goes on stage he performs like a guy one third his age. He loves what he’s doing, and he looks like he wouldn’t want to be any other place at the moment except on stage: yelling, singing, thrashing his arms and legs. Not to shabby for a fellow who turns 70 years old on July 26, 2013. Reflect on that for a moment.
Why do some people get totally turned on by their careers, or perhaps a better way to describe it is a “calling.” No, you don’t have to be a multi-millionaire to be happy or fully engrossed in your vocation. I’ve met dozens and dozens of musicians over many years who’ve held down regular jobs to pay the bills. They’ll never earn much dough. However, they’re extremely passionate about what they do and their desire to share with others.
I’ve reflected many times on the joys that musicians and artists bring to the public, yet what we forget is that the vast majority will never make it big. What drives them is that they’re passionate about their calling.
Switch gears to those self-less individuals who volunteer their time to important causes, and in particular those who travel to desperately poor developing countries to offer their skills, whether as a nurse, teacher, physician, engineer or project manager. Often, these folks work in disease-filled environments or highly dangerous regions where terrorism reigns.
If you’re bound to a job that you find uninspiring, then seek out your calling. This may mean a career shift, or perhaps engaging in volunteer work or starting a new past-time. Each of us as human beings, who are here on Planet Earth for mere nano-seconds in time, need to find something, however small, that fills a personal void. I personally believe that every human being needs to leave a personal, positive mark on Earth before departing for another existence.
And no, you don’t have to try to replicate Mick Jagger. He’s obviously one of kind. The mold was broken when he was born. But YOU can find your calling. Be your own Mick Jagger.
And to Stones fans, who I can sense twitching for some tunes, check out this clip of Mick Jagger singing, backed by the legendary Jeff Beck, at the White House in February 2012.
I mean, give me a guitar, give me a piano, give me a broom and string, I wouldn’t get bored anywhere. – Keith Richards (Lead guitarist, Rolling Stones)
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