My mother sent this to me this morning. It is a copy of an email that I sent her 10 years ago! It was my second year in college at Columbia College Chicago. After my freshman year, I chose to stay in Chicago and not go back to Cincinnati for the summer. My parents told me that if I was staying in Chicago, then I would need to support myself. I was the only one of my friends that did not go home for the summer. I moved out of the dorms, found a roommate wanted ad and moved in with 2 older guys in the city.
I was working at House of Blues in the company store folding T-shirts and at Billboard magazine as an assistant. I had just started to follow the production staff around as they set up for the concerts and I knew that this was what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a live sound engineer. So, I quit my Billboard job to give me more time to follow the production team around. I wanted to be there from load-in to load-out, and not just arrive after I got out of Billboard at 5pm. Arriving at 5pm I would get to see soundcheck, but none of how it was all set up.
So, I chose to follow my heart to work for free and let go of my good-paying assistant job. Never once have I doubted that decision. Soon enough they started to pay me as a stagehand (since I was not going away), and then letting me do sound for the blues bands on the restaurant stage and so the story goes.....
Also thought of this :I saved it and always had it available in my 'whatever box'-for some reason I never filed it away. I guess I used it as a reminder that as much as I would worry about you, you were happy and that 's what counted.
Love you, Mom