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Why the Violin?

violinYes, I really did decide to learn how to play the violin recently.  Picking up a new instrument, especially something like the violin, is not something that people typically do at my age.

So why did I do it?

I suppose I could cop out with the easy answers, like Why not? and Because I wanted to, but it’s deeper than that.

I’ve watched violinists since I was a little girl, amazed at the beautiful music they made and how it seemed so magical.  How could someone make sounds as beautiful as that simply by running a bow across some strings? I wanted to do that, but I kept hearing about how difficult it was. I doubted that I’d be able to play well.  So I never tried.

That was a running theme in my life for many years.  If I couldn’t do something well, I wouldn’t even try. As a result, I did everything well. Well, everything that I tried. I avoided failure. I even avoided the chance of failure for a long time. Continue reading Why the Violin?