My first taste of freedom was in high school with “The Band.” This provided me money and I had a car and a girlfriend and a studio. I was also a zealous stake missionary (we were in the Wichita Kansas Stake.) This time period changed my life. I saw there was another life that was not the mainstream 8-to-5 workday like my father lived. He wanted me to become a scientist like him. And I might have made a good scientist but after tasting the band experience, I always wanted to recreate it. And, of course, never have. It was like a Disney fantasy that could never be duplicated in adult reality. There were some close moments but never the same feeling of being free, appreciated and in control.
Freedom to create and innovate have become some of my recognized core values. These are great motivators since I’m an idealist at heart.