When my siblings and I were young my parents encouraged us to pick an instrument and learn how to play. I picked flute and then guitar. I played flute for 10 years, the last few competitively. After 1 year in college level music, I realized I could not keep up with the musicians and have a completely different major/minor. At that point I stopped playing flute.
I played guitar for a few years with friends, and primarily in church. How much fun is it to play with hundreds of people singing along?! It was as close to stage and stardom as I would get. A few years ago, while out on a work trip (I say this a lot don't I?) I met up with a friend for dinner. After eating and gossiping a while, we headed to do some shopping. The last stop was the music store, as I have always been fascinated by them. I think it might have to do with all the shiny things! I ended up purchasing this guitar. I hope to get back to taking lessons soon.
I am thankful for the years of lessons not only to learn to read music and play, but for what it taught me in life lessons. I learned that with continued practice, I got better. I learned that everyone has a gift and even if playing music professionally isn't mine, I can enjoy developing some small skill for fun. Lastly I learned that music brings all kinds of people together, and that can be the real gift.
This is also my macro Monday entry for this week. Do go visit Lisa for more fun!