Life Goals

By: geb0541

Feb 12 2012

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In Bath, England. We listened to a Christmas concert there. Can you even imagine being the organist for a church like that?

Okay, so I pretty much failed miserably at blogging every day for the rest of last year. :/ I’m never sure what to write about. That being said, one thing I do think is important to write about is other people. You never know who you’re going to meet who can help you reach your dreams, or who will change your life. I got the chance to meet someone new today, and he shared his life lessons with me.

I don’t know what I want to do with my life at all. I’m going to college soon, and I have no idea what I want to major in or what I want to study. I can’t imagine doing one thing for the rest of my life, so how am I supposed to pick what that one thing is going to be? I am planning on going to a liberal arts school, and part of me really wants to study pipe organ, at least on the side. But all the uncertainty of a future career makes me wary of committing to that as a primary path. And, I have a passion for all types of learning. I am afraid to choose one path because I don’t want it to steal away from everything else I love. If I choose music, then I can;t study chemistry. But if I choose chem, I can’t study music.

I have been taking lessons from the organist at my church for about a year now, and I do really love it. It is sort of like being a conductor: like having an entire orchestra under your fingers (and toes), only the cellos and clarinets actually do what you want them to. :) There is something so relaxing and so calming about being the only person in a sanctuary and listening to the organ. I can’t explain the feeling, you’ll just have to try it for yourself sometime.

This morning we had a guest organist at church because our primary organist is on vacation. I am going to be playing an entire service in two weeks, and I wanted to ask him for any advice he had. I was afraid to introduce myself to him, but I’m glad I did. He had plenty of advice.

He told me if I remember nothing else of what he taught me, I needed to remember the organist’s job. It’s not to get applause, it is:

1) to tie the service together. The organist needs to work as a seamstress, connecting the prayer with the offertory with the sermon through strands of music. and,

2) to glorify God. It is to enhance the worship experience, to bring people closer to God, and to make sure that no matter what, you need to always be able to hear God clapping for you from Heaven.

He told me to not be afraid to lead the service. Everyone misses notes and makes mistakes, but make sure to remember my purpose. Then he asked me what I wanted to do with my life, if my future plans included becoming an organist. I responded: “hopefully.” He didn’t like that answer, he told me not to be bashful, that I knew what I wanted, and it didn’t have to be just one thing. He went to school to be a chemical engineer. He did that, but then studied organ construction, organ performance, and so much else. He went to Syracuse to study science, but later ended up in Canada to learn how to build organs from a guy who worked as an organist in Paris. He told me I didn’t have to do just one thing. Then he gave me one more piece of advice:

“Make a list of all the things you want to do before they lower you six feet into the ground. Then, go to school, get the best teachers in your area, and do everything you can to achieve your dreams. It doesn’t have to be just one thing, and it’s never too late. Do this so you can live your life without regrets.”

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4 comments on “Life Goals”

  1. Picking a major does not mean picking 1 thing to do for the rest of your life. That is a very old fashioned way of thinking and will really limit your potential as you will only be looking down 1 avenue. Most people never find their passion because they do that. They find 1 thing they are interested in or are decently good at and decide that will dictate the rest of their life. It can take much trial and error to figure out what you want to do. If you want true freedom though, be an entrepreneur.

    • A lot of students at school seem to know what they want to do already. Some of them have since they were little, and it becomes very intimidating for the rest of us who feel a little bit lost about what the future might hold. I think you’re right, and that it will take most people a lot of mistakes to find what they’re truly passionate about. Thank you for your advice, it’s very reassuring!

  2. Yeah but that is part of the school environment. You HAVE to choose something. People are forced to make a choice not due to knowing exactly where to go. They are making the best decision they can at the time. I was in the same boat when I hit 2nd year. I have started in that field but now I’m moving onto something completely different. BUT, some of the things I learned about has helped inspire some of my future projects/goals. Best of luck!

    • Thanks! And that’s true, you can always learn from your present situation even if you may think it’s not ideal. Best of luck to you as well. :)


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