According to the famous painter Picasso, “The meaning of life is to find your gift . . . the purpose of life is to give it away and share it freely”.
All of us are looking for that elusive ‘purpose’ for our lives. We hear it from the media, when people greet us they ask what we’re doing now and we always ask our children what they want to be when they grow up!
It’s no wonder so many of us get lost in that search for the ‘meaning’ of our life.
I myself, after studying and training for many years to be a psychologist to children, found my true calling and ‘real’ purpose for my life after almost twenty-three years in practice. My love of music and singing became my passion and full time job . . . teaching boys how and why to sing!
And I have never looked back.
I tell the boys not to let anyone or anything define them . . . only they can define themselves.
I also tell the boys that they should walk slowly through failure, so that they may learn from it and not make the same mistakes again and always to think ahead to carefully consider what is in store for them . . . both in learning music and for their life in general.
At a time when all boys hear from the media, their parents and their friends is to, ‘be who you were meant to be’, it’s the question they have about how they should know who that person is.
Thankfully, we are able to spend many hours together which is not just about learning and performing music. At our camps and on our tours the boys learn how to take their mask off, that invisible shield we all wear, and get closer to embracing the ‘real’ person they are or hope to become.
I believe that more boys singing means fewer boys in trouble. Boys who learn that hard work and happy, motivated self-discipline will lead to success!
Hopefully they leave our organization with a better understanding of their purpose in life; how to give it away the best way they can to become emboldened and prepared to go into the world to pursue their dream.