There have been many memorable events in my life to date and many more to come. It might not be apparent at the time the impact any one of them would have at the time. I have never been diagnosed or treated professionally but I find myself dealing with depression from time to time. It is impossible to know what triggers those feelings and more difficult to see your way out. On one of those times I could not break the cycle. I had no motivation or inspiration. In fact, I did not care at all. About anything. I had been through similar situations before so for weeks I kept telling myself it would pass in its own time. I would get through this one as well. But that was the only positive thought I had. Life not worth living. Nothing made me happy or sad. I forced myself through motions and obligations by shear routine. I seemed like this would go on forever. It felt unbearable even though most of my friends had no idea what I was dealing with.
I had tickets to see an amazing show under any circumstances, so I went to see Cirque du Soleil. It is funny how this affected me. I watched human beings do what seemed impossible even if you could think of the skills in the first place. Art and amazing physical prowess seamlessly blended together to tell a story with few words. Strength and perfection only achieved with years and years of unrelenting practice and sacrifice. It again showed me the potential of mankind. Dedication, creativity, trust, respect were all required to make this amazing performance happen. I realized watching each scene that we are incredible beings when we try. That night I started trying again. I saw the end of the funk that was created by myself – for myself. I could see again the beauty of life and the result of hard work when things seem impossible.
History sometimes repeats itself. Funny to think of this after my recent event at a concert to see my musical mentor and hero – Peter Gabriel, performing on tour with Sting. It is so refreshing to know there are others in the world that struggle to be good. That work every day to promote peace love and all that corny stuff I could not live without. In their music and through their lives they can impact so many. I thought I would never be able to see Gabriel perform. I have come close, but things did not work out. They almost did not work out this time either. Of all the artists/people in the world, his music, words and projects affect me like no other person on this earth. I am who I am with his unknowing help and guidance. I struggle to be better knowing it is possible.
I grew up listening to Genesis and following his solo career. I am not obsessed and do not own everything he has. I do not know every detail of his personal life or career. But I do think I ‘know the man’. I understand him as a man and not an idol. We are growing old together.
Sting was also amazing and sang a number of Peter’s songs, and performing his own tunes and some from the days of The Police. For me, it was precious, unforgettable and one of the greatest musical experiences I have had.