Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Call Me Lazy

I have many aspirations. I would like to be really good at taking awesome pictures. I would like to be much better at playing the guitar than my current skill set allows. I would like to be able to sit down at a piano and play something decent. The list could go on and on of the things to which I aspire. But, I've had a recent realization about myself which makes these aspirations seem a bit out of reach. I don't want to LEARN to be a good photographer. I just want to BE a good one. I don't want to LEARN how to play the guitar better. I just want to PLAY it better. I don't want to LEARN (or relearn since I did have lessons when I was younger) how to play the piano, I just want to PLAY it. It seems I have a problem with patience. I'm not patient enough to take the time to develop these and other skills that I aspire to. I just WANT them! I know that this completely goes against the whole character-building, learning to appreciate the work that goes into developing talents, developing a good work ethic rigamarole that we always get from those "older and wiser" than us. And I know that that's not the way things work - especially for me. And, I know that suddenly having a talent without doing anything to develop it is not going to happen. But, it doesn't change the fact that I just want to be good at stuff without having to try. Maybe it's something I'll aspire to.

7 comments:

Gordita said...

A-friggin-men. I get frustrated if I try something and I'm not immediately good at it. I wish I could hurry up and learn to be patient.

On the plus side, you are good at many many other things, so the whole guitar and piano thing can wait.

Molly said...

I agree 100%. That is why I have picked up a guitar countless times only to put it back in its case for the next year. Bleh.

Sharon said...

Don't know what your problem is. Everything I touch is golden.

Mary Pat said...

Jen: I hear ya, I just feat that effort I'd have to put forth to be good.

Atwoods said...

agreed. just the other day i told tyler to read the manual on something & then give me the highlights so i could use the device.

Dalene said...

Kind of like I want a lot of money to play with but I don't want to work to earn it. Call me lazy, too, then.

Hilary said...

Become an abstract artist. No skills involved!

(I'm asking for an argument aren't I?)