November has been absolutely crazy here at Experience Drums!
We hosted the fantastic drum clinician Kent Aberle for three days of musical programs in Northern Virginia. Okay, so maybe it doesn’t seem like a lot of work to drive all over one part of town. However, did I mention that these were three separate and distinct programs produced by Experience Drums? Now, that’s work. Throw in a long car ride to Richmond on our day off so Kent could shoot promotional footage for his Sonor endorsers and that’s really working hard. Add on an extra workshop that we were a part of for the Percussive Arts Society and….well you get the picture.
But you know what? I enjoyed every minute of it! Why? Because the work stopped feeling like work.
It just organically happened. Driving to dinner with Kent, I realized that I liked hosting a guest artist. Through the set ups and tear downs, I discovered that I loved teaching large groups of kids…and their parents too! And late night trips to Kinko’s taught me that I actually loved promoting events that were set up to help people – be they student, clinician or retailer!
I also learned that I could crack under pressure. (Yeah, losing your credit card and having your debit card canceled by mistake can raise anyone’s heart rate!) But I also learned that those closest to me offered forgiveness instead of retribution, kindness instead of retaliation and understanding instead of condemnation. My friends and family gave me grace and I’ll never forget it!
So if you do what you love to do, surrounded by the people who care about you the most, can you really complain about work? I don’t think so. November has changed me and the work that I do at Experience Drums. It’s no longer just work.
It’s a work of heart.