The story of my life…

‘The story of your life…’ Maricarmen laughed…

We had just finished our Spanish lesson on Skype and I was recounting a story – in English – the lesson had finished J Which mirrored all we had been talking about…

I am not musically gifted; I need another person to help me with timing and to follow for the tune and then all is well.

But left to my own devices it goes ‘all over the place’… Both timing and tune!

When I was 8 years old, despite this being obvious, I really wanted to sing a solo in the school nativity play!

 

My school was very keen to encourage any initiative, as well as the belief that we realise our dreams…

And so Mrs Nichols, the school singing teacher, stayed behind after school to help me to learn to sing…

I practiced and practiced, and I can remember a triumphant moment, where with only the occasional note from the piano to keep me on track, I sang Edelweiss all by myself, in tune and in time…

I recall vividly, Mrs Nichols spinning round on her piano stool, looking straight at me , throwing her arms out and saying, ‘there’ !

I didn’t sing a solo in the school nativity, instead they gave me a duet of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ with Elizabeth Waring who had a wonderful voice… And so I was able to follow her, confident of staying on track, and yet still be on stage almost singing solo!

I told Maricarmen this story, because I was saying how this week I could really see how much learning to write with my left hand is helping my Spanish…

I have been writing only with my left hand since November and although it looks neat if I write slowly, if I try to write fast it resembles my hand as a child!

And it reminds me that this is a long process and that the improvements are always speedy at first but then they slow down… But this doesn’t mean they aren’t occurring… And that it takes a long time for something to become natural…

This is the same with my Spanish, I have clearly come a long way in 11 months, but I have a long way to go…And languages are not a natural propensity of mine…

But as Maricarmen said, ‘you are prepared to work to achieve what you want…’

Which is not to be a brilliant linguist, or even a brilliant Spanish speaker, it is to be able to communicate and talk!

In the same way I didn’t want to be a brilliant singer, but I did want to stand centre stage in the school nativity!

Its important that as we are journeying towards what we want, we do not get discouraged by those who can do it with more ease, or more panache or with more beauty, vividness, gliding amazingness, sparkling brilliance, joyous expression…

Instead to learn from them, be inspired by them and allow ourselves to grow through the stretch to achieve what we can in their brilliant light..