Stickin With a Resolution . . . 3 Months Later

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

There are so many years when I chose hard resolutions that I didn't really want to do - if we wanted to "go to the gym more, do more yoga, eat less junk food, do less bad..." then wouldn't we already be doing them? This year, I took a whole different approach. And so far it seems to be working!

I chose to finally learn to play an instrument. Music has always been a big part of my life; but faced with my patience (or lack there of) and craziness as a child, learning anything other than the recorder wasn't high on my list of things to do. Then once you hit a certain age, many people think it's too late and they make sure to tell you so. Instead of listening, I thought "fuck it, who cares if I'm too old!"

It wasn't hard. Jumped online and found an instructor within minutes. There were a ton on kijiji; this guy stood out because he plays multiple instruments, had individual or group lessons, and half hour or hour lesson options. He also led to me a local shop where I could rent a violin monthly - just in case the resolution didn't pan out.

Four lessons later and I can barely make notes sound like music, it's more like screeching nails on a chalkboard. But I'm having a blast trying, my neighbours probably hate me, the tips of my fingers are usually tender, and it's all so much fun! Maybe by the end of the year I'll even be able to play an actual song or two!

How are your resolutions going? Hangin in there or abandoned like yesterday's undies?