Jazz School Experience Series Escaping Yourself to Be You (Part 4)

For civilians and musicians alike, I suggest a one week test: turn off the TV and computer games, use the phone only when it’s necessary, and spend the rest of the time doing things that make you think, feel, emote, create or anything that shows an active involvement and appreciation of you life. In one year the average person watches about 1200 hours of TV. Think of what could be learned in 1200 hours in one year. One could become competent in an instrument, learn a language, learn a sport, and take courses or whatever. It’s staggering. No one has ever felt or developed pride by watching TV.

When all the outside diversions and distractions are removed then you get down to the real journey. Exploring curiosity and imagination to find and define whom one really is. In a week there are 168 hours. Most people work about 40-50 hours and sleep fifty to sixty hours. That leaves over 50 hours of discretionary time. How many hours a week do you escape yourself to be you?

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