I’m not the first to say this, and I most certainly won’t be the last, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last year, it’s to do what you love. Be with the people you love, try to go to the places you love, and do the activities you love.
For me, the past year has revealed many things to me. I know who my true friends are, I know what I want out of my life right now, and I know what I love to do the most.
Two simple activities bring joy to me, and have done for as long as I can remember: writing, and playing the piano. For various reasons, I stopped both of these for many months recently, and it’s done me no good. I’ve played since I was seven, and I had lessons for nine years. It was at this point I realised I wasn’t enjoying it anymore, and I pinned the reason why: I’d never really been able to play what I wanted. I’d always been told to play this piece, that piece… It was then and there I decided to quit lessons and play the music I wanted. Back in spring, though, I was going through a very stressful time, and on top of that, I was struggling with tendonitis in my arm, so I stopped playing.
Writing has always been my other escape. I find it easier to write creatively when I’m in a good place mentally, which is why I tend to go in phases. Sometimes, though, I hit a brick wall and it’s like a kick up the backside to get writing again to drag myself out of whatever slump I’ve gotten into. Writing saves me from myself, I think. I can always express myself through writing, even if what I write isn’t how I truly feel when I look back on it. I love it when I feel like a huge weight has been lifted after a good writing session.
As of now, I’m deciding to be back in the game. Tomorrow, I’ll resume my old morning regime: wake up, eat breakfast, play the piano, go to school. It worked for a decade, and I plan on making it work once again. Regarding my writing, I think this here is the first step. Clear my thoughts, clear my head, get a good night’s sleep. I’ve been working up to getting back into the swing of writing recently, and I fully intend on making use of all of my time now. I know I’ll feel a ton better once I do, because I’ll be doing what I love.