I’m currently on tour with the Madison Scouts drum corps. We’re staying at a high school in Hammond, IN, which is right outside of Chicago.
(When you have 200 people who need lodging every night for 7 weeks, that hotel bill adds up. A floor at a high school is really the only viable option.)
So Hammond is a really schidty town. Take everything you’ve ever heard about wholesome living in Indiana and throw it out the window. This place is really bad.
I’m sure there’s crime here, maybe above the national average, maybe not.
At the convenience store where I got some cash to do my laundry, the employees stand behind 2 inch thick plexiglass. (I guess the crime rate is above the national average.)
The laundromat is run down. Everything is run down.
What strikes me is how people are willing to live, work and play in these conditions.
They have to be aware of the fact that their town is sub-standard compared to most other towns in the country. But they don’t move. They stay there… just because.
This scenario is all of us, although we may not live in a run down area. Maybe we choose a career path when we’re 21, and now that we’re 42 and are not satisfied with it, we stick with it – just because.
We would rather just stick with what’s familiar even though we can see that people in the next county are living far better than us.
But going to the next county requires change. It means we need to admit to ourselves that we made a bad decision when we were 21 – or at least the decision we made no longer applies to our life.
It’s not easy, but people who read this newsletter don’t seek what’s easy. We are not afraid to change course, to let go of our emotional attachment to jobs, podcasts, gigs, so that we can do what’s best for our business and life.
My friend Jennifer Rosenfeld of iCadenza and I chatted about this and a few other things awhile back. Thank goodness she recorded it because it was really good. So good she thought it worthy to put it on the Creative Careers podcast.
I encourage you to give it a listen, and definitely to check out what Jennifer and her team are up to with iCadenza. Great stuff. I’m on their email list and read just everything they send out.
Listen ye here, my fiendish fandom.