People are made up of contradictions. It’s the spice of life.

If everyone was a straight shooter, interacting would be boring as hell. I love nothing more than talking to some boring banker, and seeing his eyes light up when rugby gets into the conversation (Actually, this is a great tip in itself). Everyone in the office may hate that food stealing b**** Katy, but they’ll still go out of their way to help when she runs for charity. And every guy wants to be in the club when the buttoned-down librarian hits the town for her saturday night blowout!

My point is this: Everyone has an exception, and here’s mine.

I’m incredibly lazy about 99% percent of my life, but once i start practicing piano you won’t hear from me again.

I started taking piano lessons last year, and I really loved it. There are times when I can put away four hours in concentrated, efficient practice. I’ve been involved in music all my life and every time I feel a song or a technique coming together my world gets brighter. The weird thing is, I’ve learned instruments before. The drums lasted about two weeks (Thank God i never bought the kit!). My guitar playing has slowly but surely increased over a period of five years, in which I’ve managed to completely master chords and a dab of fingerpicking.

So what was different this time? I’m not really sure. The strange thing is I really do like playing guitar. I just have a love of simple guitar songs. Ergo, no push to get better. But my love of piano stretches to the truly impossible. Therefore I need to get better, even if I’m relegated to failing at Final Fantasy songs right now (Thats ok too!).

I can also remember when I put in that first four-hour shift. My piano teacher old me I was one of her quickest learners, behind just three or four people. Did I mention how naturally competitive I am? After one month of lessons, I completely memorised and absorbed Beethoven’s ‘Moonlit Sonata’ in one week. It’s still the only song I can play really well.

My point is simple.

  1. Pick something you love. The harder the better, the cheaper the better. Go at it non stop  (don’t snigger!). And when you start to get tired and it feels like work, don’t just give up! Remind yourself why you love it in the first place, picture the goal, or go at it from a different angle. But always focus on the doing.
  2. Give yourself goals and deadlines. Weekly lessons meant I only had seven days to wow my teacher.
  3. Get competitive!