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Perseverance and the Art of Pushing Through

published on August 13, 2022
Overgrown Darkened Path

As I finish the final mix of the first Auroralnaut song, I'm left thinking about persistence.

Perseverance and the art of pushing through is a beautiful title but, in practice, is not so flowery. 

I've spent what seems to be an inordinate amount of time, energy, and expense creating and recording music. There are many days I wonder why I keep going. 

I've often felt frustrated and just wanted to scrap music entirely. There are days when you feel like you're banging your head against a brick wall that just won't move.

Failure...My Old Friend

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” 

- Maya Angelou

I have had a great many failures in my life. It sucks! But I've learned the most by pushing through failures.

Yeah, it wasn't pleasant, and some of my failings made it tough to keep going, but here I am.

You'd be very wrong to think I'm past all of this. I'm currently having a struggle getting the mix of my new single right. 

I want nothing more than to finish the song and move on. Not to mention while working on music, you become tired from hearing the song over and over again. 

My brain feels fried, and I find myself in an all too familiar place where I must push through. I'm tired and don't want to, but I know if anything is to come from this, I need to. 

Here Comes The Rain Again

Frustration can quickly rush in and turn something you love into something you hate. 

I'm having a difficult time being subjective about the new song. I feel I've spent way too much time trying to get it right. I also start wondering if it will even matter. 

My mind gets easily flooded with fear, worry, doubt, and so many what-ifs. Ugh...this is where it's effortless to spiral down. 

I find it easy to get lost in the chaos of my mind. Many days this is where the wheels come off, and I can't seem to find my way. But, as difficult as it is to center my mind, I keep pushing through. 

Endurance And The Long Game

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” 

- Confucius

Why persevere when it's so easy to give up? I've learned no matter how difficult, frustrating, or immovable something may can still be moved.

Through failure, I've learned depths of things I don't believe I would have grasped any other way. I've also learned a lot about myself. 

My wife can attest that I may get angry, frustrated, and rant about why I'm going to quit music, but more often than not, I pick myself up, lick my wounds and try again. 

Maybe it's the stubbornness in me. Who knows?

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

I've learned that adversity only lasts for a time. If you hold on and persist, you will reach the light at the end of the tunnel. 

I am in that tunnel right now, taking one step at a time toward a light that looks no bigger than a pinhead.

Everything I'm doing with music may end up being one gigantic failure. So what if it does? Who cares? I'd rather have tried and failed than have never tried at all. 

I'm writing this in the hopes that it might help or inspire you to dream and persevere toward your heart's desire. 

It may be difficult and probably will be, but anything of value comes with a hefty price. Are you willing to push through when the cost becomes too high?

Perfection and the Unattainable Quest

“Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.” 

- Salvador Dali

I don't mind sharing my difficulties and inadequacies with you. I'm not perfect, even though I would love to be. 

Perfectionism is something I struggle with. I'm slowly learning I don't need to be perfect.

Show up, take one small step at a time, and don't let fear of failure hold you back. Easier said than done, right?

If Not Consistent, At Least Persistent

Quite a few self-help gurus talk about consistency breeding success, and I have no doubt it does. I, however, have had to rely on persistence. 

My consistency isn't the greatest, though I'm working on it. I've learned that if you can't be consistent, at least be persistent. 

It may take longer to get where you're going, but you are still moving toward the destination.

Opportunities For Perseverance

There may not have been any break in time for you while reading this, but it's been a couple of days before I could finish. But, once again, right on cue, I had another opportunity to persevere.

The mix on my new song wasn't coming together as fast as I would like. I don't have endless hours to pursue any of this because I do this on the side, so anything that causes a setback causes stress. 

Frustration set in, but I continued to keep at it. I spent my time in the studio the last few days refining the mix until it was finished. 

Although, music is never finished. There comes a time when it's good enough, and you need to move on.

You can try to perfect something until the end of time, but that is another topic for another post. 

One Small Victory at a Time

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” 

- Winston S. Churchill

I did finally finish the mix of my new single. At least, I believe it's done. 

Yes, it was difficult and frustrating, and I had to keep pushing through to see it completed. But it's finished, and I think it turned out better than it was just a few days ago.

I also feel a more immense sense of accomplishment because I didn't give up even when I wanted to. 

To be honest, finishing this blog post is another opportunity for perseverance. As I continued writing, I had to almost force myself to finish. 

Isn't it wonderful how there are so many opportunities to learn to persevere? That is sarcasm, by the way. Like duh, right?

Don't Give Up, Don't Give In

It may be tough to persevere, but it feels good after you do and can accomplish what you set out to. 

I've learned the more rewarding or desirable a thing is, the more perseverance it will require. 

Whatever dream you may be pursuing, don't quit, don't give up, and don't give in.

Don't stop dreaming! This world may make you feel like continuing is worthless, but that's not true. Keep going! We have one short life here, so let's make the most of it.

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