Tobias sat down and looked at his book, “I have to read all this by next week if I want to pass the exam to be a musician.” Everything was too much for him, and he started, slamming each book on the floor. “Tobias what happened why are you making so much noise?” his dad asked him, as he passed his room door.
“Dad, I’ve got a deadline for next week, and I have to read all this,” replied Tobias in a sad, quiet voice. “Come on its just 2 books, you will make it. Believe me, when I was…..”
“Dad, please I don’t really need that now. I just want to get this done and forget about it.”
“Why did I even choose this stupid Course?”
“I can play the drums, why do I need qualifications for it. It’s just absolutely stupid and just a way of punishing us,” Tobias jumps in to get his dad to stop talking.
“Tobias, I know, but everything has a reason. We all can be something easy and simple, but if you want to be the best you need to learn more and prove to the world that you are not just a dummy beating the drum or playing the piano, no, you need to prove that you have the skills in your hands and your brain.”
With that, his father gives him a kiss on his forehead and goes downstairs. Tobias sat down and was about to write his first word when his phone rang. “Yes Hello, yeah bro what’s up? Nah man just chilling and starting to revise for next week’s exam. When do you want to meet up? No, I can’t make it, I need to revise it’s my only chance to get accepted into that University I told you about.” Tobias suddenly held his phone away from his ears, to reduce the shouting at the other end of the phone. “Sam, man chill, I need to pass this, we can do it after the exam. “Ok, you know what? Leave it, talk to you when you are more chilled.” He dropped the phone and continues reading his book.
Is this not what we sometimes have to go through when we want to be successful or do something for ourselves? This is what I identify as our Tempo. We have to make a choice of who we allow in our close circles and what is essential in our Life. We can’t allow every time someone to create our Life pattern. So, we need to beat our own drum.
I am in the same boat as many people of colour. I am weak if I am honest with you. I’ve been nervous and distracted for the past 7 years, I have tried to set this business up and anyone I talk to about it, laugh or say it’s racist. Then last year, one lady told me one sentence I will never forget:
“We all have our own type of music, but if we don’t practice different tones how will we find our own rhythm? Start singing each Note one by one no matter how it sounds until you make music” She was right now I play one note after the other, just to be what I want to be.
Matthew is an actor and Singer, since his childhood he has dreamed about becoming famous. He has always set his drummer speed to what he wants, not others. Through him I understood that we need to be sometimes to close our eyes, ears and just go for it and never stop.
Start playing your own notes one by one; I can assure you; it soon leads to success.