A few years back, in preparation for my impending retirement, I needed a hobby. I always wanted to be a Rock and Roll God so I decided to pick up the guitar. While I had no delusions of grandeur, or groupies throwing panties at me while on stage, all I wanted to do was learn to play well. Ok … play decently. I have no musical background and even less talent.
What I did get very good at was acquiring guitars, amps, and everything in between. I didn’t see that one coming. As a byproduct of buying gear, I have also taken an interest in maintaining it and performing minor upgrades. I’ve built up a basic tool set, gathered some articles on the subject, and I have a book on order. I have little to no mechanical skills so … didn’t see this one either.
Now I have finally decided to get more serious and take some lessons from a professional. My video lessons all have something in common. I can’t ask them questions and boy … do I have questions. I told my instructor that I had no interest in music theory. Well … now I am knee deep in it and it is complex.
A friend of my instructor told him that learning music theory was more complicated than rocket science. I guess he should know since he is a rocket scientist. He’s also quite correct. I am overwhelmed, but strangely fascinated. It is coming to me albeit s l o w l y. Now I am consumed. Never, never saw this coming! Another book on order.
As a result … my hobby has definitely morphed into something much larger than anticipated. Based on family history, it’s not like I have a lot of time to realize my dreams. Regardless, I now have something that will keep me engaged until the inevitable. I find this to be somewhat comforting. It gives me purpose.
I have always had an insatiable appetite for learning. I study selling constantly, built my own websites, created an online course, and published two books, one with a publisher and one self. I taught at the university level. None of these were on my radar. Maybe I’ll build myself a guitar. Sitting still, being happy in my complacency, has never been a part of my DNA. I have always sought to stretch my abilities.
In retrospect, I should have seen all of this coming. It’s what I do. It’s what I am. My career is also at a crossroads. I should be retired, I could be retired, but I’m not. I still have things that I want to do. I’m highly competitive and I love a good challenge. As a result, I’m pursuing new markets and in new ways to do so. Life’s good! It’s also entertaining. I wish I were younger, but don’t we all?
Will I ever attain all of my goals? 50/50 at best, but I’m going to give it one helluva try. Maybe it’s the journey? After all, having a life without goals can be pretty boring. How about you? What are your goals and aspirations and what are you doing about them?