When our son Seth was not quite 10, we went to Jurassic Park. The school year had just ended and for a few years, Seth, his brother Tanner and I had been going to Phoenix the week after to play: water park, motel pool time, summer clothes shopping and a movie or two. Fun, carefree days.
In 1993, we waited in a long line to get our tickets to see Jurassic Park on the opening day. When we went into the theater, we couldn't find three seats together without splitting up. The boys were 8 and 10 so I headed back to the ticket counter and asked if we could use our tickets for the next show. He didn't want to agree, but most people know not to mess with a mother when she's got her cubs nearby. We're not splitting up! ("Ok lady, here you go" with eye roll)
It was a long wait and this time we made sure we were near the front of the next line to get good seats together. We had our popcorn, sodas, and requisite candy: Sour Patch for the boys and Raisinettes for mom. Cue your memory of this fantasy thriller here: ______________________________.
I'll never forget what Seth said to me when we came out of that movie. "I'm going to do that when I grow up." I wasn't sure what he meant, so I asked, "Are you going to be in the movies or make movies?" "No", he said with his well developed seriousness. "I'm going to write music like that."
When we got home, he started on his own dinosaur-inspired composition called "Prehistoric Overture." He was going into the 5th grade. I helped him transcribe what he dutifully worked on at the piano day in and day out for weeks. Those were special days. We both knew that he had discovered his calling, his purpose -
and he was 10 years old.
Twenty years later, what does Seth do? He writes music professionally! Tonight, he and his brother will hear the music of John Williams, conducted by Williams live at the Hollywood Bowl. I wish I were with them again, but I can feel the glow of excitement from hundreds of miles away and it takes me right back to those summer days of their youth.
To find, nurture and follow our passion, our purpose - can there be a better life?
Most will say it's luck to know what you want to do at a young age, but I believe he was observant enough at a young age to recognize that feeling, the famous "ah-hah" that speaks volumes when something is just right.
Like me, you're probably past the age of 10, but paying close attention to those moments that speak to our soul and say, "this is it, do this" - that's worth our time and attention at any age. I wish for you that moment and the courage to follow the feeling.
Coaches are here to help forward your action. Just say "I'm ready!"
Have fun, guys -