Day 19: Discuss your first love.
I’d always enjoyed reading and writing, but I never threw myself into anything the way I did with music. Music was my first love. I’m sure that this writing challenge wanted me to talk about a person but that would be untrue in my case.
Music gave me a purpose–I was too uncoordinated (and uninterested…that was probably the larger issue) to be much good in sports.
Music helped me gain some patience. [I said “some”, not a lot.] Having to practice things over and over at various speeds until you’ve nailed it takes dedication and patience. I think it also helped with my problem-solving skills, or maybe my problem-solving skills helped me be better at music.
But mostly music gave me an outlet to express myself. I’ve never been very good at expressing non-anger emotions (sadness, etc.) but music made that a reality. Just find a song and it can say everything for you without saying anything at all. [Which is possibly avoiding the problem but that’s not the point!]
While I no longer play, I certainly appreciate all the years of training that shaped me into who I am today. Music helped me see that there was a world beyond my hometown, and introduced me to a lot of insanely talented and interesting people.