Have you ever wanted to play piano?
I have – all of my life.
But, there was always something keeping me from taking lessons.
Whether it was not having access to a piano, not having access to a teacher, not having the money to pay such a teacher - or all 3 simultaneously.
Finally, at age 66, I had access to all three of these required resources.
So I began taking piano lessons a little more than 2 years ago.
It's been going well for the most part. What I enjoy most is just playing chord progressions and improvising.
The only problem has been that I've expected way too much of myself, especially in the beginning.
It's getting better, but for the longest time, it seemed that no matter what I did, it was never good enough.
That's not what my teacher said, but it's what my own inner critical voice deep inside me was saying with a very loud and dominant tone.
Sometimes I just wanted to give up playing altogether -- well, maybe not really give up entirely, but I wished I...