This below is an old post that I’m re-posting as I definitely need this reminder for myself for this year. I don’t like to make ‘new year resolutions’ but instead call them my ‘decisions’ :)! Then there’s no resolutions to break, but only decisions to take, and follow through with ;0!
The below was originally posted under the title ‘Just TEN songs’. I now have my guitar (pictured here), and I have to just get cracking…learning to play, and singing the songs! How many of you are going to ‘take decisions’ and fulfill or manifest them in 2014? I would love to see your replies!
Some seven years ago I started a new English course and the student told me she had just moved to Montreal from Quebec City and was going to spend the weekend painting her new apartment. I had recently moved into my new condo which needed to be painted too. Not being familiar with this kind of handiwork, I thought it would be cool to learn how to paint one’s own place. So, I made her an offer — if she would show me how, I’d help her paint her apartment! It was a kif-kif* deal…
The best part of the day came when we finished and cleaned up. I had noticed a classic guitar, like the one in the picture, lying in her bedroom and asked her about it. She told me it had always been a dream of hers to play a few songs on the guitar. At her age (still only in her 40s 😉 ), she didn’t want to try to become a serious guitar player but had a list of just TEN songs that she wanted to learn to play. She’d got a guitar, got a teacher and was working on her list. She even played the famous Peruvian song El Condor Pasa (If I Could) for me! The experience was too much and too emotional for me…because like her, I too had always wanted to sing, and play a few songs on the guitar.
Her story was terrific inspiration for me! For seven years I hung on to the dream and then mentioned it to a friend, a new guitar player, who too is passionate about playing the guitar and who had spent hours and hours on studying different kinds of guitars before buying his own. He immediately offered to help me get a good second hand guitar. I sent him a list of my favorite ten songs and he graded them according to difficulty so I’d be able to start with an easy one. Yaaayyyy…I’m very excited, and this will be another check mark on my bucket list of things to do. I’m waiting now for a good cutaway acoustic guitar to be found and then get started! Why acoustic? Because after trying different guitars, I preferred the sound of all-metal strings as compared to the classic metal and nylon.
For, what is a man, if he doesn’t have a passion, and then goes all the way to fulfil it!!! What hidden, or unspoken, passions do YOU have, that have yet to see the light of day? I hope this post will make you sit up and pay attention to them — to set your heart free ;)!
*Kif-kif is a word of Arabic origin, meaning ‘it’s the same thing’ or meeting someone half-way or 50-50
**Molding is the American English spelling of the word ‘moulding’ (as used everywhere else in the world where English is written and spoken)
***’What is a man….’ is an expression — it applies to humans in general, and even though it doesn’t say, it includes women 😉
****Instill is the American English spelling of Instil. Since I live in North America, and am an ESL teacher, I have adopted the American spelling system, but may still sometimes trip up, as I’m basically a product of the British education system