A Lifetime of Fear-Facing

So I’ve been thinking… The last four months have been amazing and exciting and humbling and terrifying… But mostly they’ve felt like a mysterious unfolding. Music seems to be the calling that I never planned on but have been so grateful to discover, bit by bit, in this lifetime. NPR Music’s ‪Tiny Desk Contest and the adventures that ensued still seem surreal. I feel incredibly blessed that I had the opportunity to share my music with people across the country in a way I never anticipated before.

Lately I’ve been reading the book called “The Art of Work” by Jeff Goins and he describes finding your calling as a “lifetime of fear-facing”. How beautiful is that? Just because something makes us nervous or afraid doesn’t mean that we’re not cut out for it. Music has continually pushed me right up to the edge of fear, and every time it does and I somehow survive, I feel myself grow as an artist and a person… But I still get scared, and often. I have very slowly begun to make peace with that fear.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s OK to admit that we are human and that we often feel afraid and like we’re in over our heads… That’s all part of the journey. So whatever good thing it is you long to do, find a way to make it happen despite the unknown or your fears… The world needs your light and your passion and your goodness. Cheers to finding your calling and chasing after it!


Author: violinscratches

Gaelynn Lea is a musician and public speaker from Duluth, MN. She is passionate about disability advocacy, personal growth, and authentic living. She was the winner of NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest in March 2016.