“I can feel your breath. I can feel my death. I want to know you. I want to see you. I want to say hello, hello, hello, yeah…..!!”
Red and black lights flashed as skulls danced and the crowd roared.
The arena went dark.
“One, Two, Three!”
Every light turned on and spun, the music dropped,
We jumped and danced as confetti and smoke filled the arena.
Man, Twenty One Pilots can put on a show.
After the lights cut to black and the roars in hope of a second encore subsided, we walked back up the stairs to leave. The arena was still loud but I overheard an older man tell something to his daughter.
“I wish I would have keep playing music, I was never the best at it, but man did I love it. I may not have gotten rich off it, but at least I would love what I do. Do that for me, do what you love.”
His daughter nodded.
I thought on that on the ride back to my house.
We are told to do what we love all throughout our lives, but at some point, doing what we love has to be practical. Doing what we love has to be conventional. Then you get to college like where I am at, and most of doing what you love comes in the form of a club or organization while you study to pursue a career in something that you might like, but not love.
I believe this is why job satisfaction is at an all-time low and that you have people in their 40s and 50s saying “I wish I would have…”
Can we at least acknowledge this hypocrisy? Do what you love as long as it fits in the realm of conventional and fits in our box as not too crazy. The problem is convention only has room for what has already been made and said. Convention has very little room for new ideas and new creation.
I admire Tyler and Josh, they do what they love, and they have for years. They stuck to their guns despite criticism, and people telling them to give up and get a real job. And it worked.
See what Tyler and Josh did what they love, but not only that they decided to make music that helps. Their music is filled with hope, despite their songs being lyrically very deep, that depth gives people hope. They have gone through their own struggles, and it shows, but more than that it shows that they are still holding on.
Movements are built on people doing what they love. Not on the norm.
What if you chose what you love, not what other people say you should do or be.
If you love painting, then be a painter. If you love teaching, then teach. If you love engineering, then build something great. If love singing then sing. Dancing, then dance. The world needs you to be you. Not what makes sense. Not what is going to make you rich. Not what your parents tell you to do. The world needs you to do what you were made to do.
See, I believe that you were created by God to do something amazing. That he gave you your skills, giftings, passions and abilities for a reason. So use them! The Apostle Paul would agree with that “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.” (Romans 12:6-9)
Most times what you love and what you are meant to do tend to line up fairly well. Do that.
For their Grammy acceptance speech, they took off their pants and walked up on stage and said this:
“The story, it starts in Columbus, Ohio, and it is a few years ago, and it was before Josh and I were able to make money playing music. And I called him up, and I said, “Hey, Josh, you want to come over to my rental house and watch the Grammys?” And he said, “Yeah, who is hanging there?” And I said, “A couple my roommates coming to watch the Grammys with us.” And as we were watching, we noticed every single one of us was in our underwear. And seriously, Josh turned to me — and we were no one at that time — and he said, “If we ever go to the Grammys, if we ever win a Grammy, we should receive it just like this.
So, not only is this amazing, but I want everyone who is watching at home to know that you could be next. So watch out, okay. Because anyone from anywhere can do anything. And this is that."
Don’t look for the money or fame. Don't try to be what you're not. Fight the pain, don't give up. You have your own struggles and demons to deal with. A blurry face telling you to quit. Saying, “Wake up, you need to make money.” That you're not good enough. That you can’t do it. Fight.
“Are you searching for purpose? Then write something, yeah it might be worthless. Then paint something, it might be wordless. Pointless curses, nonsense verses, you’ll start to surface. No one else is dealing with your demons, meaning maybe defeating them could be the beginning of your meaning, friend” (Kitchen Sinks)
Do what you love. Do it to help others. And watch as the world transforms into a better place around you.
*Photo taken by myself at the TOP concert. It was incredible.