There's something about busking that nothing else compares to. It's been part of my life for a good 7 years. I've never felt a stronger connection to myself and the world around me while performing. There's a direct link to what I'm doing and the people who stop to appreciate it. It's when I feel safest, forget all my concerns and completely immerse myself in the moment.
Some days are hard and I mean really hard. Some days the last thing I want to do is plug my amp in and put myself out there for the world to receive. But I do it anyway because I have to. It's become a part of who I am and always reaps its rewards. Never have I met so many interesting people or had such random and inspiring experiences as I have while performing in a public space. It's brilliant and I'm sure all my busking friends can relate. We do our best to put a smile on people's faces every time we head down.
If you haven't already done so, you can catch me busking on Southbank as far into the winter as possible (or at least until my hands can no longer handle the cold).