How Do You Spend Your Time? (Part II) Don’t Let Fear Limit That Choice
I’ve spoken before about how, as humans, we have an incredible capacity to get in our own way and as a result, can be guilty of limiting our own potential. I recently came across another story that reminded me of how easy it is to limit our own potential, and to possibly miss out on great things in life and discoveries in and about ourselves.
As you consider your current commitments, how you choose to spend your time, and what you want to do with your remaining time, here’s a story for you.
There is a new book by Alan Rusbridger called, Play It Again: An Amateur Against the Impossible. It’s about how the author has played the piano off and on throughout his life, but decided at age 56 that he was going to learn how to play one of the most difficult pieces for piano he’d ever heard–Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op 23 by Frédéric Chopin.
It doesn’t require a spoiler alert to let you know that he did conquer the piece. What struck me was his reflection on the entire process. Rusbridger said,
“It’s a funny thing to discover about yourself in your mid-50’s – that you spent the previous 40 years not doing something on the assumption that you couldn’t do it, when all along you could.”
When and where we start any process is always the same place at any age…the beginning. To borrow from the timeless rock icon Mick Jagger, as long as we’re alive and committed to bettering ourselves…”Time is on our side.”