Have you been thinking about picking up piano as your instrument, playing your favorite songs, writing you own music?
But what has been deterring you from starting this music journey?
Maybe it’s “I don’t have time”, or “I can’t afford it”. Or more likely, it’s “I might not be good at it”, “I don’t know if I have talent for this”.
I know, I have been there.
Ok, maybe not so much when it comes to piano, because I’ve been doing this for a very, long, time. Like, very very long time.
But even then, I had doubts here and there, when I was younger, and then when I was older (?), even when I was more established, a more advanced pianist and teacher.
There are many things I have to learn new when I am an adult, like for example driving (yes, because I never had to drive where I come from, and I know how hard that is for Americans to understand this concept).
I still remember every time I had to start my car, I would sit there, and wait. I couldn’t just start it! I needed time. Then, once I got to the destination, I couldn’t wait to park my car and leave it there (sometimes I wished it was for good!). But why, you might ask? What are you so scared of?
Perhaps, other than hurting anyone, it’s making mistake. Like, I might miss a turn, get to the wrong road, and don’t know what to do. Or, there’s a traffic diversion, then I wouldn’t know what the alternate route would be, and I would start to panic. And hey, maybe other drivers would be judging me on the road, like “what is she doing??”.
But eventually, I got over it. Because I started doing it more, even I was scared. I drove longer trips, took different routes, through different weather conditions. I started to care less of what others might think. So what I started driving in my late 30s? At least I am doing it (safely) ! In fact I am pretty proud that I made myself to do it (totally because I have to drive here). And I start to actually like it, especially when the weather is nice and the scenery is beautiful (we sure are blessed with that here in Colorado).
So my point is, don’t be afraid to start something new, or pick it up from where you left off, 10, 20, 40 years ago. And it’s not a competition with other people (hey, that kid can play Mozart at 5!). It’s about enjoyment and self-improvement. And what better time to do it than, NOW?