Sunday, 8 November 2015

I Quit

Last week, I quit.

Not something I do often and I'm still feeling a bit funny about it.

It had been my New Year's Resolution in 2014 to learn to play the bagpipes. I have been learning for 2 years now. 

Well, I had been until last week.

It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I play a few musical instruments but this was the hardest I have ever attempted. 

I spent 12 months on the practice chanter before I got unleashed on the pipes. 

I gave it a go but last week I realised I had to give it up.


Or indefinitely suspend input of time and energy in this endeavour.

Maybe I'll come back to the pipes one day.

We'll see…

What have I learned?

Reflecting on this experience I have learnt a few things:

1. I can't do everything. Thought I could. Must have been mistaken. My resources of time, commitment, patience, enthusiasm etc are finite.

2. It doesn't feel totally satisfying to quit something. In fact, I was a bit disoriented. I can no longer think of myself as a "student of the bagpipes" - I am now "a former dabbler in the noble pipes".

3. My family is probably celebrating the peace and quiet.

4. It's not that big a deal - it was only the bagpipes.

5. It's okay to quit sometimes. It doesn't make me a loser. In fact, maybe there's a bit of "growth mindset" here for me.

6. There are some positives in giving up - it reduces my stress levels, gives me back some precious time and opens up a few possibilities for the future. I wonder how the family would feel about trumpet lessons?

1 comment:

  1. I loved this! I have just started to learn the cello along with 2 of my kids who have played for years. They suggested I try the piano but I am determined. I know the world would probably be a quieter place if I quit but I will continue on for a while. If and when I have to quit, i'll come back here to help give myself the boost to cross over to "used to play" and feel ok about it.



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