animal-grace asked: Mr. Michael Reed, (that is what we call you because you are so fantastically glorious) We got to see you in Yermo this year (our first time ever, but not the last!) and I got to experience how phenomenally down to earth and approachable you are. The way you interacted with the us, hours before the show, was really amazing (and humble). So, my question is, are you afraid of losing that ability to interact with us as your fame increases?
First, thank you. That means a lot. I try to keep in mind my base perspective on life, and draw on that to influence the realness of my encounters with fellow human beings. I am not afraid of losing that side of who I am. It is this same side of myself I struggle to keep as my main identity, yet after every meeting with the inspiring and incredibly supportive individuals such as yourself, my “job” melds with my passion, which in essence is the very basic consideration of humanity, combined with what we leave behind for our next generation. It all becomes so simple, and as cheesy or cliche as the line might be, It really does serve me to serve you. I get as just as much out of being something to somebody as somebody gets from someone else being kind to them. someonethingsomeobodysomethingosmoeonbody.
I challenge you to wake up one day, and no matter what, no matter who you interact with, serve them out of the goodness of your heart, which is real in even the worst of us. Make that effort to disarm others and be as open and honest with them as you are both capable of being. See how you feel at the end of the day, notice how you sleep. Be aware of how life changes, sometimes subtly. Things seem to start to happen, things you could only have ever dreamt of. This way of life becomes your life, even with our meager shortcomings and petty disappointments. This way of life becomes not only a habit, but a chance to re-meet yourself, and in my current belief, change the entire planet one human being at a time.
You might inspire the next Rosa Parks, or the next Martin Luther King.
You also may say I’m a dreamer, but Im not the only one.
Fame is fleeting just like money. Ideas persist - that is where my heart is and always will be. Thank you, “animal grace” for taking the time to ask.