I used to take great joy in playing the piano, and there was always a piano in the house when I was growing up. Somewhere in the boxes of family photos, there is a photo of a four-year-old me playing the piano and grinning, with some unusual headgear. I have been told, with great amusement, that I used to wear a plastic colander on my head every time I sat down to the piano when I was little. Who knows what was going through my four-year-old brain?
Now, after years of barely playing at all, I struggle to remember the pieces that I used to be able to play from memory. My ability to read sheet music isn’t as strong as it was, and I’m frustratingly slow if I try the more complicated pieces that I could once play. It takes years to achieve a high level of skill, and regular practice is a must.
This year, one of my goals is to restart the piano and get back into the habit of playing. It’s a hobby that I allowed to fall by the wayside, but it has stayed dormant for too long.
Do you have any hobbies that you gave up and would like to start again? Have you ever stopped playing an instrument and then picked it up again a few years later?