Sometimes you need a fresh perspective. And what better way to get one than to start learning something new.
When I first picked up my daughter’s guitar, I could already feel the thrill of a new challenge, of something undiscovered. I had played clarinet, tenor saxophone and a little piano as I was growing up, so I knew how to read music and had a fundamental understanding of what it means to play an instrument.
I soon found out that the guitar, however, is an entirely different musical piece. Holding it closely and carefully working its strings (trying not to “pluck!”), I instantaneously appreciated its level of complexity. Learning even the basics of this instrument was clearly not going to be as easy as I had thought. But it’s been FUN — and, the entertaining part is that my daughter is teaching me. (Needless to say, she has a lot of patience…)
Learning something new during this time of my life has been like a breath of fresh air. It’s been a great outlet during a time of change, healing, and the painstaking yet rewarding process of regrouping my thoughts to tackle the next chapter in life. Giving myself a break and focusing for a while on something dynamic amidst day-to-day mundane tasks has been a playful break from reality.
A few years back I started to learn about the horrors of sex trafficking — something that has also opened my eyes to a new world and a new challenge. Although this topic doesn’t fall into the “fun” category, my passion and support for this issue has only grown, hopefully contributing toward tangible help for victims and real-world solutions to curb demand.
Learning something new is always in my repertoire, even in times of change or during despairing situations. Learning allows room for personal growth and unbridled thoughts. It may lead you somewhere you never thought possible before. How exciting is that?
My next step in learning how to play the guitar is applying chords. Lord, help me, this is getting tough! (If anyone knows of any helpful YouTube sites for this, please let me know!)
It may not be in the stars for me to become the next guitar sensation, but I sure am enjoying playing beginner versions of Au Claire de La Lune and Aura Lee.
Don’t worry; there won’t be any evidence of this out there in YouTube.
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