20 years ago!
When is the second best time?
I’ve been reading Michael Hyatt’s Blog for a couple years and this week, started listening to his Podcast “This is Your Life” as well. He shared the above quote in the Podcast I listened to on my way home from vacation (yesterday) and when I heard it, I knew… it’s about time I REALLY start my Blog (today).
A tree was planted 20 something-ish years ago. When I was a little girl I prayed for a piano everyday. Finally, years later when I was 8, one of my dad’s students asked if we would like a piano. My prayers were answered! One of my dad’s colleagues offered to teach me lessons. She was strict but I LOVED the piano. I was always making up songs, playing with my eyes closed and trying to see just how fast I could play my lesson songs.
On my vacation this past week I started reading “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls. I haven’t completed it yet (you try finishing an entire book while on vacation with a one year old!) but I love Walls’ ability to tell vivid, colorful stories. She tells a story of painting Joshua Trees with her mother in the desert. A Joshua Tree isn’t just a great U2 album, it’s a tree that’s shaped by the wind (see the above photo). As a little girl, Jeannette thinks the trees are ugly. Her mother assures her they are beautiful, perhaps more beautiful than a tree that looks normal, because of their imperfections.
I don’t know what kind of tree my blog is going to be but I think of my musical journey as a sort of Joshua Tree. I’ve had some rough seasons, some wonderful teachers, some unremarkable teachers, seasons of confusion, frustration and beauty. I’m no classical genius or jazz master but I have a wind-shaped, unpredictable, artistic, passionate and ultimately, beautiful picture I’ve been painting… and I’m so excited to share it with you!