It took me a long time to figure out who I was. It wasn’t until 2001 that I took my first writing course and started working toward my lifelong desire to be a writer.
There seems to be a pattern here, for nearly a decade later I took the plunge and purchased a mountain lap dulcimer — something I have wanted since I was a freshman in college. I recently attended a week-long dulcimer school. It was a struggle but a rewarding experience. I came home wanting to play the dulcimer all the time.
My love of folk music dates back to the 1960s. I was fortunate to be old enough then to gain an appreciation of the folk music revival — Peter, Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio, and others. It took that interest 45 years to resurface, but I’m now reaping the benefits of playing a dulcimer well enough for my own enjoyment. Perhaps with practice I’ll play well enough to perform for others.
I wouldn’t want to relive my teen and young adult years, but if I could I would buy a dulcimer as early as I could afford one and I would take a writing course the first chance I got.
So many hobbies and interests… so little time!