I was reading an article the other day in which they were interviewing people over the age of 40 as to what they enjoyed about their life and if they had any regrets. The positive conclusions were fairly obvious. Most folks were extremely satisfied with their family life either in their marraige, or with their kids. A smaller, but still majority mentioned proffessional accomplishments whether moving up in their line of work or starting their own business. Most of these people reminisced glowingly on their lives as the recounted working towards the "American Dream".
What I found most interesting was the list of regrets. The number one regret was not traveling or seeing more of the world. This is understandable as this can be a little more out of reach for some people. Starting a family and working towards reaching proffessional and financial goals, these can limit the amount of time or resources that you can devote to travel.
But the number 2 regret for the people involved in the study showed that they regret not being involved with music or learning an instrument. Some of the folks had played an instrument when they were young but got away from it, others never got the opportunity. This was eye opening for me. Playing music or learning an instrument is so tangible and more accessible than it has ever been before.
"I just dont have time to learn an instrument"
Most teachers agree that 30 minutes of practice time every other day is plenty sufficient for a beginning player to learn and thrive with the instrument. Don't get me wrong I love a good sit com as much as the next guy, but when your looking back on your life what do you think you will regret, not being able to play guitar, or not being able to quote "Friends".
"I don't have the money for that right now"
Beginning level student instruments are more widely available at a lower cost and better quality. There are countless manufactures that cater to the begginning students and know that you don't want to lose your life savings to pursue a hobby.
"I don't know where to start"
We are living in the information age. There are books, blogs, videos, and if you still can not get your feet under you we have incredible instructors you can sit down with one on one and work towards achieving your goals.
It's been proving that the arts, and in particularly music has yielded positive growth for students in socialization, mathematics, and comprehension. The benefits for your child are clear.
However, if it is you who is looking back on a life so far unfulfilled just know, it is NEVER TOO LATE! We currently have a 93 year old student who is having a blast learning a new instrument. Time sneaks up and rushes past most people before we have a moment to think. Make music your moment.