Well, today I competed against 6 other national pianists.
Unfortunately, I didn't even place!
I'm human... (OK, call me a baby).
I cried until my head started throbbing...
But I really have nothing to be ashamed of.
What really matters is that I changed peoples' lives. Many thanked me for my performance and said it was the highlight of their night. Isn't that what performing is for? I refuse to become a machine, a rigid CD player. This is me... I worked my hardest, I did my best, and I am going to keep on going.
This IS life. It's about picking yourself up when you fall.
I'm taking what I learned this year for another.
I'm never giving up, no matter the criticisms of others, no matter how hurtful.
I need to work on my technique and sound. I can do it.
Regardless, I've learned so much.
.... and now, I'm going to wipe my tears and get a hold of myself. :)
There's always another year.
I just need to keep trying.
Two flights from SLC to Denver and finally to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
I made it.
I had expected to see fields and fields of farmland, cows, and of course cheese.
Milwaukee, however, is surprisingly gorgeous. The city is breathtaking really.
Arriving here seems like a dream. Everything has gone by in a flash.
Someone asked me how I feel.
I said i don't know. It's a mix of excitement, nervousness, and a rush of reality. I'm really here. I'm setting my limits and fulfilling my dream.
No matter what happens, I'm going to keep going and keep trying.
Today has been refreshing. The next few days will be full of new and exciting trials and adventures.