Thankfully, my revision days have been and gone for now. This means I have a much larger amount of spare time on my hands – but I no longer have a clue what to do with it.
I’ve been caught off guard. I was so used to spending all my time trying to cram facts and figures into my head that I didn’t prepare for a time in which I wouldn’t have to know the initials of each of Roosevelt’s Alphabet Agencies. It’s this cramming that was at fault for my leaving this blog alone for a bit, though I still have little notes stuck everywhere in my room from when blog inspiration hit and I was midway through a mind map!
So far, the spare time I’ve had has been taken up for the most part by cuddling up under a duvet watching Friends and trying to recover from exam season. As a result, I’ve come to realise that I don’t know how to spend my time when I’m not working – what do I do on the computer apart from find translations? What do I think about when eating breakfast other than that English oral presentation I have to write?
That was until I spoke to my mum about it – mother knows best, after all. She answered me with a long, looong list of things I could do. At around the half way point (‘go for a bike ride’), I realised that everything she was saying could be described as a hobby. Painting – never been very talented in that area. Cross stitching – something I’ve never had enough patience for.
There is one thing that I’ve been wanting to take up for a while; something that doesn’t take much patience and could become a talent (with enough practice!), and that’s piano. It’s been my favourite instrument ever since I first heard a Youtuber play it in a live stream a couple of years ago. I must admit, it’s not exactly the most common way of gaining love for an instrument, but it certainly did the trick for me!
I absolutely adore the sound of a piano, but soon realised that I only truly loved it when I was the one creating the sound. Albeit, Piano Tiles doesn’t exactly make me a pianist, but it certainly gave the incentive to be!
I was able to play a piano duet with someone at a Girl guiding event soon after I started loving them, and I knew then that I really, really wanted to know how to play – for real! I put a piano at the top of my wishlist at the time – but then exam season came and all thoughts of the instrument completely went away. I forgot about it – I didn’t care about much other than getting the results I wanted.
Now I know that it’s best just to go on and do whatever you want to do if it will make you happy! Whether that’s taking up a new hobby, or just watching another episode of Friends. Hard work can of course make you happy in the future, but it’s important not to forget to let yourself be happy right now, too.
Music I listened to whilst writing this post:
- Bastille – Good Grief
- Bastille – Oblivion
- Bastille feat. Ella – No Angels
- Bastille cover of Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop
- The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
- Vance Joy – Dream your Life Away (album)