While other kids learned to read music sheets in school I just didn’t get it. I just didn’t. Ever since I can’t read music notes whatsoever. I tried to learn bass guitar at the age of 15 but I gave it up pretty quickly after I didn’t see any progress (oh boy, have I been wrong about learning something).
My entire life long it bothered me not to be able to read music sheets or have any idea about rhythm. Now I’m 26 and a recent realization made me think that I have absolutely no idea how long I will live overall and that I will have never more time then now. That’s why I will start to learn it now.
I’m sure everyone has that one certain thing (or many) that you always wanted to learn or do in your life but you always shoved it to the future. How long will you do this? No one knows when he/she is going to die so shouldn’t you seize the opportunity now before it’s too late?
It may not be common in our society but there are people who go to college at a very late age because they always wanted to and now is always a good time to start.
You may not become the next Einstein or Beethoven but who am I learning how to read music notes for? For me! I do not consider going for a musical career or anything but I want to learn it because I always wanted to learn it. Just for me.
What did you procrastinate on learning until so far? Or something you wanted to start for so long?
What sparks my motivation is to read some tips for help or read about other people learn something and their progress.
Sometimes in our life we are put on hold. Either between jobs or when we learn a certain skill (language, instrument or whatever you like) and we don’t see the slightest improvement. I call this: being put on hold. Like in a hotline you are put on hold and you have to listen to this nasty escalator music until someone is free to talk to you.
Being put on hold doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t move on. You actually do! You just don’t realize it. You get impatient because you can’t see any real results. You question your skills and ability and even question if everything was worth it and if not just to quit.
Instead: Look back on how many skills you already achieved and how far you have gotten. Just do and take some credit in it! Yes, you have been put on hold and time is still moving on, but it’s nothing bad. Just like the horribly hotline music is going to end, you are going to move on.
It’s hard and bears a lot of doubt. Especially if you question what you started is really what you want. Is it? Isn’t it? Why don’t I know it anymore? STOP! Don’t think any further.
Yes, sometimes what we want changes and we are consistently forced to consider a lot of elements when it comes to the things we really want to do, not only dream about. Yes, it’s okay to reflect on the things and actions we want but don’t doubt them. You have not forgotten what you really want! You just doubt it and that’s fine. You consider many other elements and your environment by now but you didn’t forget it. It’s there!
If you can’t move forward, look back, but don’t step back!