Time for Happiness.

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.

– L

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)
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19 thoughts on “Time for Happiness.

  1. Love it,love it, love it! You’re such an amazing writer! I started learning the piano a few years ago, and I was learning it for a year. After reading your blog post, I really want to play again!

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    1. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! It makes me very happy to know that I’ve made you love the piano again, you seem like a lovely person! 😀

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    1. I’m certainly planning on it 🙂 – and it’s great to hear from an experienced player! Oh, Bastille really is the best, in fact they’re one of my favourite bands! & thankyou! I’ll be sure to check out yours, too 😀

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  2. It’s so nice to see teens blogging! I honestly love music so much! I actually tried to learn the piano in the 8th grade, but the knowledge definitely did not stick. I forgot it all when I returned to high school haha! I recently created a fun article on my site and I would love if you checked it out as well! (:

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    1. Haha don’t worry, that’s what happened to me and the guitar – I learnt it for two years in primary school, but now I can’t even play ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’! & I’d love to check out your article, it seems like you’re very relatable! 😀

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  3. I know exactly what you’re talking about! I’m currently writing exams which is SO stressful that all I do is eat, sleep and think of school. If I’m not studying, I’m dreaming about writing my exams etc.

    I think playing the piano is a wonderful way to spend your free time. I played the piano myself for four years, but violin is my first instrument. In case you run out of ideas for how to spend your free time, I made a list a couple of days ago. You can check it out if you’d like, otherwise, your duvet and Friends is a pretty good way of spendng it too. ( http://socialspying.blogspot.co.za/2016/06/how-to-seize-your-summer.html )

    Steph 🙂

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    1. Hey Steph – I’ve honestly been searching absolutely everywhere around the web for a blog post about this that’s as good as the one you’ve made – it’s absolutely perfect!! I’m definitely going to be following social spying in the future; perhaps on one of my duvet days 😉 Thankyou so much for introducing me to your blog! I hope you keep going with the violin, too, since that’s a pretty beautiful instrument. 🙂

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  4. Ah, I love the BBC Live Lounge covers! Bastille’s cover of We Can’t Stop and the Clean Bandit version of Royals are my favourites. Your mother sounds wonderful, and I am very jealous of the fact that you have the patience for an instrument. Enjoy your spare time while you have it!

    – cia @ kalopcia.blogspot.com x

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    1. Oh, I absolutely adore the Live Lounge covers! They’re some of my favourite covers on the internet; I’ll be sure to check out the Clean Bandit one :). I do love my mother quite a bit, I’m glad you agree ;). &I do intend to spend my spare time wisely – I’m actually buying the piano in the next few days! I’ve checked out your blog and I’m absolutely in love with your writing style cia, I’m very glad that you have patience for a blog as it’s fabulous!

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    1. It look like your blog is really taking off, Sarah – and for good reason! 😀 Black paper moon is such a lovely blog, so lovely that I have it bookmarked already! I very much relate to not being able to have a tight niche on my blog; much like you, there are just too many things I want to talk about! Blogging is a pretty great hobby, and something that you’re clearly pretty good at – I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy piano, as your blog is pretty amazing 🙂

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  5. Did I write this post? We have so much in common! I absolutely love the show Friends, and also have a slight obsession with piano. (Side note: not going to lie, I kind of freaked out when you mentioned Dan Howell.)

    Congrats on surviving exams!

    -Megan

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    1. I’m very glad to have found a fellow phan in you Megan! I was hoping someone would mention him 😉 I’m also very glad you liked the post – it seems like we do have a lot in common! Thankyou very much for checking out my post 😀

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    1. Thankyou so much! Friends is fabulous I must say :D. Also, some of my favourite songs are in “music I listened to” – I hope they can help with your song shortage!

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  6. I know a lot of basic music theory from school. So for a while I tried to play the piano but I never really got into it. I can play a few songs and if you gave me sheet music and a couple of days, I could probably learn to play it. What was the deal breaker for me was that I wasn’t very passionate about piano. You clearly are and will have much better luck with it than me. I wish you luck in your piano playing adventure.

    I can also totally relate to not knowing what to do with my spare time. I took up blogging. I love your writing style and cannot wait to read more. Also your blog is so aesthetically pleasing. It is blog goals.

    -Claire

    monochromaticskies.wordpress.com

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    1. Thankyou so much Claire! It means a lot coming from such an amazing blogger (especially since my main aim when designing my blog layout is that it’s aesthetically pleasing!) 😀 I could say the same for your blog – and it may be a coincidence that I very much relate to your post on Inspiration right about now. I’m in the middle of a creativity dry spell. This could be because I’m putting a lot of effort into my summer journaling, but whatever the reason, I just can’t seem to find inspiration anywhere for a new blog post! I’m hoping your do anything method will help me out. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts, too!

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