The one word that best describes Lee's life today is "Breathe." The reasons why Lee chose Breathe as his word is because he is in transition from one job to another and he is able to catch his breath.
If Lee could change one thing in the world, he would "want to be more honest within the context of his work." The way he will go about making this change is to be realistic with expectations and commitments. Under promise and over deliver.
One year from today, Lee would like for his dream as a musician come to life. The way he will go about making this change is to make time to practice playing his saxophone and find opportunities to play.
If Lee's life were a movie it would be about his double life as an architect by day and musician by night. He feels like a double agent where everyone knows him as an architect but underneath his suit and tie are the hip, cool persona of a saxophone player. The title of the movie would be called "The Lost Musician" and the subtitle would be "Double Agent."
I met Lee at sunset as he just finished surfing with his friends who were still in the water.
Lee is visiting his architect friend who lives in Laguna Beach. We talked about his passion for playing music and his reasons for not pursuing his passion. Like most men, we follow a path of predictability and passionless work that pays the bills.
Thoreau said it best "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them."
I hope Lee reflects on the things we talked about today and follows through with the changes he wants to make.