As I make my way towards a full-time performing career, I recognize how much feeling deserving has to do with my success as an entertainer.
I see clearly now that the success I have had up until now is exactly equal to the amount of success I feel I have deserved. This is both exhilarating and a bit sobering, because it shows me that the sky truly is the limit, but also tells me that I have been in my own way.
Next comes the hard part—forgiving myself for having this struggle and trying not to beat myself up for time spent not feeling like it was okay for me to be happy.
We truly are only happy when living in the present—fully—and not in the past or the future. It is hard for me to be compassionate with myself for mistakes I have made, but I do recognize that I can only know what I know when I know it—and at least I am in a place in my life where I can apply my lessons learned and really go for it—fully!
And let in all the success that I now feel I deserve.
It may well be a life-long process of reminding myself every day that I do indeed deserve to be happy in all that I do—but it’s already getting easier. And as I write in of my new songs:
Better late than never
Than never at all.
Recording for the Week
Here’s my recording for this week:
Where Else You Can Hear Me (www.joshuarich.com)
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Upcoming Live Performances
My performance schedule changes dynamically, as I book additional “gigs.” Right now, at the time of this post, you can see me entertaining over the next few weeks at the dates, times, and places listed below. To see my most up-to-date schedule, visit my website.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
The Potomac Nationals game (singing the National Anthem)