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What’s your boat?

Outside of my duties as a father and husband, and running my company Soul NYC, I’m a drummer in a cover band called Sons of Sanford.

Any one who knows me personally, at some point or another has come to see us play. You can find us playing out locally in bars here on Long Island, jamming to a great mix of music from Stevie Wonder to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It’s a great extra-curricular activity, that I have the pleasure of being able to share with my friends and family.

I call it “my golf”.

I was talking with a friend about playing drums the other night and he said, ” well that’s ‘your boat'”. I answered, “What do you mean?”

He explained, for him, being out on his boat brings him a sense of peace, away from the rigors of work. It’s a nice getaway, and something that makes him appreciate some time by himself or with his family. He gets excited each year as boating season approaches. There’s planning involved on getting it ready and many long hours spent cleaning and prepping it, but he loves it. It’s his place of diversion, that makes him appreciate what he works so hard for each day.

As we all embark on a New Year, perhaps it’s time to think about finding your own boat. Maybe it’s exercise or a sporting activity, a hobby or something you do with your hands, painting, anything that makes you happy. We all spend alot of time thinking about how to work harder and to achieve more, which is fine. There’s nothing wrong with being hungry. However I realized a long time ago, that when I committed to playing drums in the band and doing something for myself, it would benefit me in many ways. I could have easily made 100 excuses why I couldn’t find the time to commit. I had played as a kid, but it had been a really long time since I played regularly. So my wife got me lessons for Christmas that year in 2005, and off I went. Within a few months, some friends and I put a band together and we’ve been rocking ever since. I soon realized having that “thing” other than work, gave me a break and something to look forward to.

As the old saying goes, all work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy.

Now go out and find your boat.

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Tommy Spero
CD @SoulNYC Founder @MixLuvCollab @MusicMy1stLang Hubby/Dad / #Drummer / Speaker / Writer / Marketing Expert on All American Makers premiering January 2015 on @ScienceChannel

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