Last October or September, eight of us did something called the “Thirty Day Creativity Challenge”, in which we challenged ourselves to do one creative thing every single day. It could be small, like take a photo or wear colourful clothes, or a bigger project, like start knitting a scarf.
I played the guitar every single day for thirty days. The callouses on my fingers were very impressive, and the best part was seeing how much I had improved by the end of those thirty days.
I don’t play my guitar every day, though I do now try to play it at least once a week (usually I manage three times a week). The callouses on my fingers aren’t as impressive, and my improvement isn’t as easily spotted, though it’s still enjoyable and I suppose that’s what matters.
My point with this post is that I decided I wanted to learn guitar, and so that’s what I did. Before those thirty days, I hadn’t played the guitar before, I had just kind of wanted to, but I had never been that motivated before. I could already play the flute, so there didn’t seem to be much point in taking the time to learn another instrument.
But then something clicked when the idea of the creative month came by. I just knew that I wanted to learn and I had never wanted something that badly before. And then I started to learn and I wanted to play all the time. I wanted to become good, I wanted to see where I could go with it. And now I still don’t want to stop playing. I want to keep learning. I still want to become the best I possibly can at it.
Sometimes all it takes is a nudge in the right direction. A small step forward is a step nonetheless, right? Be brave and take that step, even though learning something can be frustrating (because I want to be really good at it without actually having to practise).
So I played my guitar earlier today and it sounded good and I was happy, but there’s so much I still don’t know and there’s so much I want to learn. And once I’ve learnt, I want to be brave and do something with it. But I’m so thankful that we had that creative month, because that was the nudge I needed.
Be brave and have a go at something, campers,