You’re never too old to learn something new.
For years, I wanted to learn to play the guitar. I envied people with musical talent, especially guitar players. My favorite part of my favorite songs was the guitar solo. I have a friend who is an incredible guitar player and singer, and, when I watched him perform, I thought, “I wish I could do that.”
My mother-in-law found out I wanted to learn how to play, so she gave me a guitar for Christmas. I picked around on it and picked up a few pointers from friends and relatives who were guitarists. But I never dedicated the time required to truly learn to play. My guitar spent more time in the corner than in my hands.
In 2014, my family relocated to a new community, and I started a new job 30 minutes from home. Now I had a one-hour lunch each day with nowhere to go and nothing to do. I recall thinking, “I’m not getting any younger, and, if I’m going to learn to play the guitar, there’s no better time than now.” So I started bringing my guitar to work and spending my lunch hour playing it in a nearby park. I would sit under a gazebo and pluck around. But, since I didn’t know what I was doing, I really wasn’t making music.
One day, as I was walking back to my truck, guitar in hand, a man stopped and asked if I knew how to play. I told him I was trying to learn, to which he replied, “You’ll make a lot more progress if you take lessons.” I drove back to the office, did an online search for “guitar lessons” and the name of the city where I work, and emailed the person listed on the top link. I soon was scheduled to meet Bill for my first lesson.
Connecting with Bill was a God-thing. Bill is an extremely talented guitar player and a great teacher, but, more importantly, he was skilled in the genre I wanted to learn – worship music. Bill serves as the worship leader for the local Assembly of God church, so he knew all the songs I wanted to play, because he plays them every Sunday.
I’ve been taking lessons for three years now, and, while I’m no Jimi Hendrix, I can do more than pick around. I routinely accompany my wife in leading worship during our church’s midweek Bible study, which was something I’ve always dreamed of doing. I can play along with my favorite Christian worship leaders on YouTube. Most importantly, I have newfound confidence generated by fulfilling one of my life-long dreams.
So what have you always dreamed of doing? Do you want to play an instrument? Learn another language? Write a book? Run a marathon?
Whatever your dream, there’s no better time to start than now. Determine the first step, and take it today. You won’t be sorry – unless you keep procrastinating.