This blog post has NOTHING to do with nutrition or eating or health (actually no, it has A LOT to do with health).
I wanted to write today about my new re-kindled love. I made a decision this past April to buy a piano. Did I know how to play the piano? Not at all. But I really really wanted to!
*** Scroll down to hear me play ***
Let me give you a bit of background. I took up piano lessons when I was maybe 11 or 12 years old. Out of the blue, I remember sitting in the back seat of the car with my parents asking them if I could take up piano lessons. And to my surprise, they said yes!! So I started and I was really enjoying it. I did about 2 years of lessons and then like many teenagers today, I did something not very smart. I quit.
I can’t remember why I quit. It was probably a combination of starting a new school, being too busy and too ‘cool’ to be going to piano lessons, and maybe the Gulf war at the time had something to do with it… I don’t know… the point is I QUIT.
But I moved on happily with my life. Over time, I forgot everything that I learned. I remember until recently, every time I see someone playing the piano I get the ‘I used to play too’ feeling. So, I thought to myself (and I think I even said it to my husband once or twice) “when the kids are older, I’ll take up piano again”.
A few months ago (I guess it must have been around March), I was driving home one evening, with the kids arguing in the back seat and the baby screaming, and I thought, “to hell with it, I’m not gonna wait till the kids are older, I’m just gonna take up piano now!”
… and here I am writing about it (Aaaahhhhh).
The reason I’m writing about it
So, why am I writing about it? Not because I want to show off (although I might show off when I’m really really good – just kidding). There are several reasons why I felt the need to write about it.
Because music is probably the best thing that could happen to health! I’m serious! It has taken my physical and emotional health to a whole new level. I would literally get lost in the music. It’s the best form of meditation. Nothing better than music therapy. For me, when I started playing music, I even started looking at the world differently. There’s always a song in my head and I notice more of the beauty around me. Even elevator music would get my fingers tapping!
Because I wanted to tell all the teenagers out there to stick to whatever ‘thing’ they’re into. I know it’s easy to quit when you’re a teenager because you start thinking about cars and grades, and the opposite sex. But a skill will be a great outlet for you now and later in life. SO STICK WITH IT. You’ll thank me when you’re older. Also, if you’re a parent of a teenager who wants to quit, make sure you explain why they should stick to it (and please don’t use the ‘because we’ve paid a lot of money for it’ reason).
Because I wanted to tell all the mothers (or fathers) out there NOT to wait before doing something they love. Taking up a musical instrument, or art, or whatever it is you like, will only make you a better (and happier) parent. I know a lot of my friends have a lot of projects ‘on hold’, and I say why wait? Just go for it!
Because I wanted you to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to just listen to a short piece of music. I hope you can enjoy it like I do. Be warned, it’s not professional playing (I only started in April), but it’s good enough. You’ll only see my hands playing because of the angle of the camera but I swear it’s me! I did not hire someone to do it for me (in fact, if I hired someone I would have hired someone a bit better).
So here goes…
Those Were The Days – it’s an old song but I love it. Always puts me in a good mood and I end up humming it all day!
The Entertainer – I like this one because it’s upbeat and was a challenge to play at first. My 10-month old Tameem loves this one and always dances to it. He loves music and made us all love music too!
Leave me a comment below to let me know what you think (only nice comments please, I really don’t want to quit again!).
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