My brother and I were chatting today. Catching up on each others’ lives and sharing humorous stories of the recent past. He then asked me how guitar playing is going. I said not very well. I am not as good as I want to be. I have not learned the songs I want to learn. I have not played as much as I want to play. Etc. Etc.
“Well, I guess that’s why you’re a wanna be.” he replied.
I am a wanna be guitar player. If I really needed to play the guitar, I could. If I had to play the guitar, I could. But I don’t have to play the guitar. I don’t need to play the guitar. I want to play the guitar. That is very different from having to change my two year old’s diaper. That is very different from needing to work Monday through Friday.
I think we all have things we “wanna” do, but we usually end up doing things we have to or need to do.
At least that is what we tell ourselves. How much time have I spent reading guitar blogs instead of practicing the guitar? How many hours have I spent looking for cheap gear online instead of learning to play a song I want to learn? I’m embarrassed to answer.
Yes, I did mow the lawn today. I needed to do that. I did the dishes tonight. I needed to do that. I bathed the kids. They needed to be clean before going to bed. I cleaned the garage. Well, I actually wanted to do that…I cleared space on the workbench so I can start by next guitar build!
I also taught a fencing class this morning. I wanted to do that. I also went to a community garage sale at the county fair grounds. I wanted to do that. So I do a lot of things I want to do. And I bet most of us do things we want to do. But perhaps we are not properly prioritizing the things we want to do. Perhaps we are doing the things we want to do in between the things we need and have to do, with no thought beyond the need and have to do. Perhaps it is a simple fix.
But at least trying will give some improvement. In one of my earliest entries on this blog I talked about getting wall hangers for my guitars so they were always out and playable. That has been one way to make sure I can play when I want to play.
We are going to reorganize our home office space so it is easier to get to the things we have to, need to, and want to use. Part of that will include guitar stuff.
So good luck to all of us as we try to better prioritize the things we want to do among all the things we have to and need to do. And for those of you (all three people who read this blog) who have figured this out better than I have, any tips?