Hobbies. I used to have them. I used to play the piano, do gymnastics, do the occasional crafty project, like knit a jumper and travel…a lot. But now life is so busy with work, writing, kids, trying to stay fit, finding time to see friends and general 21st century craziness that I don’t really have any hobbies.
My husband is good at hobbies. Always has been. He surfs, plays the guitar (and is in a band) and makes time for coffee with his friends…every day! Yes, every day. I have to pretend that running, which I only do for fitness, is a hobby.
So, when my Mum said she was giving me her grand piano (she’s a piano teacher) when they move into their retirement village later this year, I figured I needed to take lessons again and had to earn the right to inherit such a beautiful instrument.
I used to be pretty good at piano. In fact at one point I considered going to the Conservatorium of music. But, I played in enough eisteddfods to know I wasn’t good enough to have a career as a pianist. The people who were going to make it on the stage were very obvious.
So, I’ve been going to lessons since the beginning of the year. It is really sad to realise how much skill I’ve lost over the years. If you don’t use it, you lose it, is so true. I’m having to work very hard to get to any sort of reasonable standard.
I performed in a recital at my teacher’s house last weekend. I was very nervous and didn’t play my best. I think the dog’s reaction says it all. At least he only yawned and didn't howl. Hilarious!
But, it is nice to have something to focus on that is only really designed to bring joy. Music!
Do you have any hobbies that bring you joy? I’d love to hear about them.
If you happen to be in Byron in May, I’m running and Introduction to Romance Writing workshop through Northern Rivers Writers Centre. It’s being held on Saturday, 23 May from 10am – 4pm. For more information, or to book, visit the NRWC website.