A few months ago, our friend Sandy asked if we’d be interested in going to a drum circle with her. We said “You do what on Saturday nights????”
Drumming, with djembes, which are from west Africa. You use your hands to get different sounds and rhythms out of them.
Alan and I are not musicians. I still take great pride in the fact that I took piano lessons. For a year before my family left the country and that was the end of that.
Then in high school I played French horn in a marching band, realized the effect it was having on my social life and quit.
So. Not musical at all.
But the cool thing about this drum circle is that Cliff, the teacher, welcomes everybody, from the really good to the rank beginners (and when I say rank…). He gives us some instructions, demonstrates a rhythm and we start to play along.
And, yes, I feel really silly sometimes. I know that I’m not keeping up and sometimes, when it’s time to try a solo, I freeze up completely and pass it to my poor unprepared husband.
But I’m trying something new. I’m expanding my horizons. I’m learning to feel comfortable with that “I’m just learning” feeling that is so uncomfortable that most of us try to avoid it, from not long after our little baby toes have learned to support us on our path through life.
Because I truly, truly believe that the more you experience that feeling, the more you will actually learn and the broader your horizons become.
And it’s the broad horizons that make for a happy, fulfilling life. Even if you look and feel like a rank beginner the whole time you’re living it.
What new things have you been learning lately?