Intern Journal: The Inspiring Tale of Colm Keegan and Laura Durrant

Posted by Tyler Winston on

There’s never a dull moment here at PBS39. That’s for sure. I’ve been back at the station for a week and have already had my hand in a number of projects.

Namely, the PBS39 benefit performance with Colm Keegan and Laura Durrant. The pair joined us for an intimate in-studio live performance this past Wednesday at the PPL Public Media Center as part of their “I’ll Never Be Alone” tour.

You may or may not recognize the award-winning Irish singer as a member of Celtic Thunder, a PBS sensation. This Dublin native has traveled the world and achieved international fame, and he’s still in his 20’s. He is only a few years my elder, and I find myself in awe of his success. It is so motivating to see your peers achieve such success, whether it be in music, art, or business. It’s even more inspiring when that success was built on their passions.

In this day and age – and in this economy – there is much more emphasis on both job and financial security, and a need to think pragmatically when it comes to your future, than there is on “doing what you love;” a fallacy which I admittedly subscribed to for quite some time. In reality, there is a delicate balance between the two. Unfortunately, there is no handbook or timeline to follow. It took me quite some time to figure that out.

During Colm and Laura’s pre-show meet and greet, Colm said something that really resonated with me when discussing his solo debut and his newest adventure teaching (yet another one of his passions). He said, “You’re never too young or too old to do what you want in life.” It may sound like a cliché, but I believe it to be advice that people really ought to listen to. Whether it is your dream to start your own business, go back to school, travel or, like Colm, release your debut solo album; there is truly nothing to stop you from doing so.

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