Progress is rarely linear.
Earlier this week as I talked with a professor she offered me a bit of a reality check. I desperately wanted to discuss the development of different types of theatre in a linear manner. I wanted to be able to look at these moments of theatre in a chronological order and be able trace the growth and progress from one moment to the next. She reminded me that history and life don’t work that way. Instead I should focus on the various shifts and changes from one period to the next. As life shifts and changes it progresses forward, but that progression is rarely neat and linear.
But it can be really frustrating to not be able to see how you’re growing or improving. I’ve accepted that a life in academia means that I put in a lot of hard work and often the results aren’t seen right away in any sort of immediate or tangible manner. A friend once commented that perhaps that’s why I’ve chosen hobbies that do offer the chance to see tangible progress. I’d say that while it might not have been a conscious choice on my part, it makes a lot of sense.
A lot of the tasks on my #Project29 list offer the chance to see the progress I’ve made. So I want to work on documenting the ways that I’m improving or developing — from yoga or swimming to the accordion. This week I’ve been practicing the accordion and I “mastered” my first “song”! Considering only two weeks ago my parents brought the accordion to me and I now grasp the basics, I’m pretty satisfied with myself. I don’t know if I’ll end up an accordion virtuoso (ha!) or if I’ll just play with it for fun, but I thought it’d be neat to record myself every so often so I can see how far I’ve come.
So without further ado, here’s my first accordion performance. It’s a classic piece titled, “Batter Up!”