Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Quitting is for Quitters

You might remember from this post that I started taking piano lessons about a year and a half ago.  Lately it’s been getting harder to practice.  I thought when Hudson started preschool I would be less busy.  That was before I realized that they celebrate and have a party for everything.  Ev-ery-thing.  Combine this with a busy 2-year old and a husband who works nights and it’s hard to find the time.

I’ve been getting frustrated with my lack of progress.  I get embarrassed at my lessons when I feel like I haven’t gotten anywhere.  So I thought about quitting.

Then I thought about how far I’ve come since I first started.  I can now proudly say that I can play a shitty version of Für Elise whereas before I couldn’t play any version of Für Elise.  Ok, so I may not be proving my point very well.  But my point is this.  I did this for fun.  I’m not running for Beethoven or anything.  You know, if one ran for such a thing.  Although if I ever start a band I think  “Running for Beethoven” would be a pretty kick-ass name.  We would play a bitchin’ cover of "Rock Me Amadeus" just for irony.  Anyhoo…

Progress is progress.  It may not be dramatic but it’s definitely farther than I would have come if I quit.  One of my favorite quotes is from Voltaire which is “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”  I’m trying to live by that.  My writing is far from brilliant.  I mean I incorrectly used the word “irony” earlier when I should have said “stupidity”.  But I do it anyway.  I do it because I’m sure as hell not going to get better by not doing it.

So I’ll keep writing and I’ll keep going to my piano lessons.  Because doing something is always better than doing nothing.  Unless that something is running for Beethoven.  That’s just dumb not to mention a waste of campaign dollars.


  1. I took 12 years of piano lessons and never progressed past book three because that's when it gets hard, yo. I'd just quit for the summer or Tuesday or whatever and request a different teacher. Then I'd play dumb and start over with level 0. I was a freakin' prodigy for about six months.

  2. Keep at it! If it is something you want, go get it!