“Everyone runs into naysayers. But if you love something enough and feel passionately enough, you just go on ahead, walk right round the person saying it, proceed down the road and don’t look back. I wish there were a 12-step program on how to deal with all the various stages of composing anxiety.” This is what Jennifer Higdon said after learning that she had just been awarded a Pulitzer prize for composition. she began life as a composer late, she is mostly self trained and grew up with Hippie parents. I love to hear about how people find creative ways of successfully navigating through life. If you have any stories to share, please do!