P A S S I O N
P E R S E V E R E N C E
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If I could sum up my last two episodes, that would be it. Every day I find myself surrounded by people who are passionate about what they do. Who love what they do. And who aim to inspire people to do what makes them TRULY happy.
My inspiration for this episode came unexpectedly. I was in San Francisco on a Sunday, going to church before my parents and I were going to drive back home to LA. I wasn’t expecting a complete stranger (the priest) to change my life that day. He shared a story about his own life. A story of pain, suffering, and a complete downfall… But also a story of hope, perseverance, and indescribable faith. I shared a few clips of him speaking during my episode. Here are the transcriptions:
Clip 1: I am not giving up, I am not giving in to how I’m supposed to feel or supposed to do this. The only thing I’m supposed to feel and supposed to do is what Paul is talking about. Is to put my faith my hope and my trust in the only one who matters.
Clip 2: I lost everything, including my future… I thought. Only to discover that I lost really nothing except for gaining everything in discovering God and the importance of God in my life, and that I needed a savior other than myself.
Clip 3: The opportunity today for you is real. Don’t give in by giving up on yourself. There is nothing that God cannot accomplish when you’re cooperating with him. I know it’s not easy.
Clip 4: You could find every reason in the world to complain and moan about your own circumstances, as could I. I refuse to give in. Because I’m not giving up on grace and I’m not giving up on God, and I urge you to make your own decision. Move from the things that tear you down and rip you apart and grab onto the one who can only and truly make the difference.
This semester I have found myself absolutely mesmerized and emerged in music. I am surrounded by people and professors who genuinely care about spreading music in the most pure and selfless way. I wanted to know what music meant to them. I wanted to know why and how they got to where they are today. Here’s a short excerpts from my conversations with them:
Professor Smith: There’s something very important about realizing that no matter what our gift happens to be you have a place in the world to demonstrate that and to leave the world, you have duty to leave the world a better place than when you came into it…