I look back at last year as a time of a big shift. I've changed many things from the beginning of 2014, ranging from relationships to where I live. The change that had the biggest impact on my life would definitely have to be my change in career path, though. Changing from the non-profit world to that of Academia and the Sciences is a significant shift. Wouldn't necessarily say it was a 180, but it is most definitely a sharp left turn from the trajectory on which I was at the time.
After really thinking about it all, the big takeaway that I got from it all is that *change itself* is what slowed down productivity during 2014. Change is good but change takes its toll. Nothing is free. Sometimes, you have to sacrifice one thing to gain another. The change in my life was needed. I'm happy with the sharp left turn that I made. Yet, I doubt that I could have made that turn in the manner that I did it if I continued to do things the exact same way.
Also, looking back at it, music was just one of an assortment of things that fell to the back burner during my sharp-left-turn-metamorphosis. I talked to friends and family less. I went out less. When I did go out, I didn't go to the places I used to always go. A lot of new things were happening at the sacrifice of the things that I've done for so long.
But not everything that I left behind with that sharp left turn should've been left behind. Some things needed to come with me. One of those things is definitely my music. I've recently realized two things: A lot of you who know me don't know that I do music (which is WEIRD) and, secondly, those that do know my music have told me that you like and respect it. That I should be doing more of it.
So, I'm working on ways to keep it going, especially whilst I'm fully engaged in the horrors and wily ways of Grad School Physics. On keeping it all going. Not just the music. The friends. The ideas. The spirit. The essence of what I was doing before I made the sharp left turn. Some things are left behind. But the lessons, the experience and the accomplishments are coming along for the ride.