Around March of last year, I was feeling pretty low. I was 3 months out of college with a Theatre degree and no job despite auditioning for many. It felt like all I was facing was rejection - in my personal and professional life. I was talking with a friend about my music. I was crying, saying, "Sometimes, I wonder why I bother. What I'm doing doesn't mean anything. No one's listening." She grabbed me and hugged me and looked me in the eyes. She said, "No. Don't ever say that. What you're doing matters. Look at me and listen. It does matter." Well, exactly the next day I got offered a performing job that I didn't even audition for. And if you told me then, I wouldn't have believed you, but less than a year and a half later, I heard a song I wrote on the radio for the first time! What if I had given up then? What if I didn't have a dear friend to encourage me?
My point here is this: it matters. You matter. Your work matters.
Thank God I had someone in my life in that moment to remind me of those facts. Recently, that same friend was feeling similarly about her own journey. Why am I bothering? I got the opportunity to give her words right back to her when she needed them.
There is so much white noise telling us that we can't, or we won't, or we're not worthy of the life of our dreams. That's some bullsh***, y'all. Every person is inherently worthy. You have the talents and passions and dreams you have for a reason. Don't ever let the world convince you that they are worthless. Sometimes, life calls for us to keep chugging along even when we can't see the dawn breaking. Keep the faith. Keep chugging! You will see the rewards of your hard work and dedication, and it will come to you in mysterious and glorious ways. I know this for a fact, because I've lived it. I am living it!
Sending love to you wherever you are in the world!
Peace, love and rockabilly,
Amanda Lyn (and Rosie)