Mar 9, 2011

Excuses Excuses

A couple years back my adoring, too-kind, wonderful husband bought me an acoustic guitar for my birthday. He bought this for me because it was exactly what I asked for. I asked him for it because I had every intention of learning how to play. Picture Will Ferrell's character in Stranger Than Fiction. "I want music in my life". Well, that's how I felt...and still feel for that matter.
(sidenote: If you haven't seen that movie, do it immediately)

Well since then, my poor guitar has been collecting dust, proudly displayed on the wall in my bedroom next to un-opened books such as Learning to Play the Guitar for Dummies. To this day, I couldn't play one chord on that guitar if you asked me to.

And why, you ask?

Because for some reason or another, I have found reasons why I cannot take lessons or teach myself. I'm either too busy, don't have the money, or don't have a sitter. Am I really blaming it all on bad timing, the economy, or dare I say, my own children?
I love being a mother, but I refuse to continue using it as an excuse as to why I cannot do something. It's not fair to me or my kids.

I know I can't be the only one out there who does this. Looking back at all of these excuses I have made, it makes me wonder...

WHY do we keep making excuses for ourselves? Are these obstacles in front of us really holding us back or are we holding ourselves back? Perhaps we're afraid of failing or we just don't want to put forth the effort it takes.
I don't know about you, but my bucket list has far too many items left uncrossed and I have a bad habit of putting them off to tomorrow...a tomorrow that will not always be there.

So, what about you? What's on your bucket list & do you find yourself making excuses to avoid getting it done?


Hannah Jacklyn said...

Good luck with learning, I am sure it will be really rewarding once you get started. I make excuses for things like that all the time, too- I have been meaning to learn to drive for years now (I can keep putting it off because the neighborhood I live in is actually harder to get around by car than by public transportation).

and, btw, I loved Stanger Than Fiction.

also hello, I'm Hannah!

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

Hello Hannah. Welcome!
I haven't actually learned anything yet, but I have been getting my guitar out more & just playing with it.
And don't worry about not driving. With these gas prices, you're not missing anything. I wish public transportation was more convenient here.

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