This is one of those quotes I keep in the back of my mind all of the time.
Should you desire the great tranquility prepare to sweat white beads.Hakuin Ekaku
I am nearly deaf. Before I had bone anchored hearing aids bolted to my skull I had to make music by feel and use my teeth to hear my guitar through bone conduction. It was and is almost impossible.
The crazy thing is that even people who know about my hearing, epilepsy, migraines and other issues will watch me play and say, “Oh, it’s so easy for you. You have talent.”
The truth is that music was much harder for me than most people. I just keep sweating Hakuin ‘s white beads, just like every other artist, athlete, craftsman or human being. Progress requires effort. It isn’t worth anything otherwise!