My son Aiden loves music. Not just songs for kids either. We’ll be riding around in the car and, before I know it, he’s singing along with whatever I have on the radio. I can listen to pretty much anything but country music so I feel like he’s picked up this quality from me.
The other day the song HandClap came on the radio. It is the newest release from the band, Fitz and the Tantrums. If you’ve never heard it, check out the lyric video below.
I showed him the video and he insisted I make the hand motions. On a whim I decided to look up the band and found one of those rare moments of inspiration that can speak into your life.
Lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick had always loved music. He studied it throughout school and found his way into a career behind the scenes of recording and production. He decided, at age 32, to take piano lessons.
This expanded his world musically and led to their first hit, Breaking the Chains of Love, that Fitzpatrick composed on an old church organ he purchased from a friend for $50.00.
Imagine, living more than thirty years with a vague idea of what you want to do and, one day, you decide to take a shot at it. You take a risk and it pays off.
We often go through lives with vague ideas and passions. It takes effort and risk to see the end result. Fitzpatrick could have settled and yet he looked forward.
It takes courage to keep moving when the weight of the world rests on your shoulders. There are times when you get caught up in the circumstances and forget the why that drives you.
Find your joy, even in the future, and chase it down. Don’t settle. There’s no time limit to the race. You can find it in your twenties, thirties, forties, and onward.
Make sure to stop and clap your hands every once in a while and experience the happiness you find on the way.