October 23, 2017

Weekend musings

Is it a sign of old age when you're excited to have a weekend without any plans? Because that's how I felt about this past weekend. I had a few errands to run but basically the one thing I knew I needed to do was go to my younger cousin and his fiancĂ©'s new apartment to..

Practice the ukulele!

They grow up so fast!
Their wedding is this Saturday and the bridal party is going to play a song my cousin wrote as our grand entrance into the reception. (I have a feeling this wedding is going to be unlike any other one I've been to or been a part of.) As we practiced and I saw their new place for the first time, it got me thinking about a couple things. One, I can't believe they're getting married in less than a week! They've known each other since high school and I still remember having to drive them to Barnes & Noble to study (she was his tutor) because neither of them had licenses yet. And now here we are, ten years later, and I'm one of the bridesmaids. It's just a bit surreal to think about how much time has flown. I can't help thinking of them as being so young (in reality, they're only five years younger than me) and they're taking this huge step. I'm so happy for them. And I'm not going to lie, happy for me too because after this I won't be in any weddings for a very long time. (This is my sixth one, I need a break!)

The other thing it got me thinking about was hobbies or that thrill of learning something new. Reading was always something that I've loved but when I was younger I wanted to be a dancer, a writer, pianist, web designer and probably a dozen other things I'm forgetting all-in-one. There were just all these things I wanted to do and actually did do but I don't know, when you're older it gets harder to find the time and energy for those pursuits after a long day at work. At least I think so. I mean, I still read a ton (obviously) and my blog is my place to write, although I feel like I was far less inhibited writer/blogger ten years ago. But I've had my ukulele for a couple years because I wanted to learn how to play and I never got far with it. I learned the major chords and could play parts of two songs ("Bad Moon Rising" and "Say It Ain't So" if you were curious) but I never got the hang of it. Then during practice on Saturday, I was able to play the entire song and it might sound super dorky to say, but I was so happy and proud of myself. I went home, practiced some more and looked up YouTube videos to learn another song. It's the same feeling I get when I pick up my camera and take a photo I'm actually proud of. It is really important to keep finding new ways to be creative or to pursue fun, new hobbies and I'm going to push myself a little more to do that.

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How was your weekend?
And what are some of your hobbies?

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations! That's awesome! I totally get what you mean about not having the time to learn. I also had a free weekend but I spent it marathoning Halloween movies and it was so necessary for my soul<3

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