A couple weeks ago our neighbor’s graciously offered to gift us their piano. When they offered it to us at first I just stared at them in disbelief. It has been my desire for quite some time for a piano and I often found myself looking on Craigslist wishfully and had even made Reid promise to buy me one for my 30th birthday. When I was younger I had taken piano lessons and actually really enjoyed them. I also wanted my children to be able to have the opportunity to take lessons as well. So when they offered us the piano- I tried to stay calm but on the inside I was jumping up and down with excitement.
After the piano had been moved (with much effort thank you missionaries!) to our house, I kept having a nagging feeling that I should start playing again. No, no, no that’s something I did when I was young and unfortunately piano lessons did not continue. My children will have the opportunity to play, I thought. And then it hit me- my life is not over, I might not be a child, but I can still learn!
After I had that epiphany the whole world was opened to me. Everything I had ever been sad about not learning when I was younger, I realized I could still do. Swimming lessons, ice skating, being a better snowboarder, singing lessons, tennis, learn a foreign language and the list is endless. I don’t need to have any of those regrets, I am alive, healthy and capable. I do not have to live vicariously through my children I can just live!
And then it got me thinking… why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we limit certain things to childhood? Children see the world with a certain curiosity and even a hunger to learn and experience. When does that end? Where in our lives do we lose that? If I want to go outside and just ride my bike around the neighborhood and play in the backyard I should be able to do that. If I want to sit down and color a picture with crayons and markers, I should just do it. We shouldn’t stop being who we want to be and growing.
My sweet Grandad is 92 years old. Last week I was talking to him (on the phone- wish it was in person) and he mentioned he had the opportunity to attend the Gilbert LDS Temple dedication. He said it was the first time he’s ever been able to go to a dedication and it was the most spiritual meeting he has ever been to. This opened my eyes, again. This goes to show you can be 92 years old and still learning and experiencing new things.
It’s time to get out of our rut. Commit today to try something new or pick up where you left off on an old hobby or passion. Time to stop the excuses and get rid of regret. Regardless of what season you are in your life there is still time. Time to grow, to learn and to enjoy.