I’m not one for setting New Year’s resolutions. I do love the idea of setting goals and eventually getting to check them off, but I just normally don’t set any real “resolutions.” Maybe it’s the pressure of everyone asking “What’s your resolution?” Or maybe it’s just a little spark of rebellion (lol, just kidding).
But this year I decided to set one small, just-for-fun resolution: I wanted to learn a new skill. And I’m so excited about the goal I’ve picked!
This year, I’m going to learn how to play the ukelele.
I’m not a musically gifted person. True, I played piano a little as a kid. And I’ve always loved singing – I took choir through middle school and part of high school, and drove my parents crazy as a child because I was always singing. Even now, I find myself filling quiet space with song. I don’t even realize I’m singing, until someone tells me to be quiet. So I thought the ukulele would be a natural choice – something I could strum and sing at the same time. Plus, it seems like a relaxing hobby that would be just for me to enjoy.
So I bought a ukulele online after reading a few reviews, and I’ve had it about 2 weeks now. I’ve been playing almost every day for about an hour, and I’ve improved SO SO much already. I’m still not good, but I really enjoy it, and I notice significant improvements every time I play. As a perfectionist, it’s easy to get caught up in the imperfections in my playing, but I’m trying to be more kind and mindful that it’s ok to be imperfect every once in a while. My brother, an amazing musician, told me his mantra with music: “You have to be ok with being terrible all the time.” As he explained it, you’ll never really feel “good.” And that’s ok! For me, the ukulele is about peace and finding another method of expression and relaxation. And that feels like a really good thing.
What are your goals or resolutions for the year?