between here and there

Learning to play

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The days have all run together into one constant movement, with pauses only for sleep. On a couch, on a hotel bed, or bunk. The days are closing shorter as we come closer to the solstice, and the light Rockies feels constantly like twilight. The days of two-light, when we experience sunlight and moonlight simultaneously. Rising and setting. Setting and rising.

In-between movements I am learning to play guitar. Learning how to do new things as an adult is not easy, not easy because we are comfortable relying on the things we already know to get us through life. Comfortable with ourselves, and not questioning what we don’t know. Learning requires lots of energy and commitment, passion, faith and confidence. Combining these qualities simultaneously toward a single effort to learn something new seems to be more difficult as we settle in to the constancy of our life. And maybe the fear of failure overwhelms, as we stack up disappointments.

The static life is dull, however. Fear is worth confronting because life is greatest when we are energetic, committed, passionate, confident and full of faith.

Author: loriryker

Designer, educator, author, painter, jewelry maker. Exploring the relationship between nature and culture.

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