New tricks!

It’s been a long two years, hasn’t it?
I don’t know about you, but lately, I’ve really been feeling the need to shake off some huge cobwebs. As much as I appreciated my streaming services during the pandemic, I feel as if I’ve hit a wall. I’m ready to do something new (within reason, of course. The pandemic ain’t over!)

A while back, I started thinking about all the things I’ve wanted to try, but that I put off for some reason. The bucket list items, for lack of a better phrase. And it occurred to me…what’s stopping me from doing them now? Life is short. That has become painfully clear.

So, I took the plunge this week! Some of you may know that I was a classical singer when I was younger, In fact, music has always been a part of my life. But even while I was singing arias and taking part in choral ensembles, I had a secret desire.

I wanted to be a rock drummer. That’s right. Charlie Watts style. John Bonham style. Nandi Bushell style.

Yesterday, I had my first drum lesson! I think my teacher was surprised to see a 51-year-old sitting across from him, but he was really encouraging and we did some great work. It’s going to be hard. I’m under no illusion about that. But, despite how challenging it was, it felt so good to use a different part of my brain. It was exhilarating to be completely out of my element. When the lesson ended, my husband Doug told me I had a big smile on my face, one he hadn’t seen in over two years. Friends, it was so much fun. I even got to use a set of John Bonham brand drumsticks that my son bought me.

Will it go anywhere? Nah. I’m not looking to get any gigs. This is literally just for me. 

This morning, I had a spring in my step again. I had another big smile on my face as I drove to work. And when one of my favourite songs came on the radio (“Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring, in case you’re interested,) you can bet I was doing some very excited air drumming.

After a rough two years, I felt hope again. And all it took was trying something new. I understand new hobbies don’t fix all the world’s problems, but my new hobby certainly lifted me out of myself for a while. 

Have you picked up any fun, new interests? Have you discovered a passion? Feel free to drop a comment here. I’d love to know!