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It’s never too late until it is.

Updated: Sep 13, 2022

As long as we are breathing, aware and able, there is no good excuse not to try to experience and/or learn or do new things that we have always wanted to dip our toe into. I don’t know how many times I have heard people use age as a reason not to attempt something new, fuck that. As I have gotten older I have shed that layer that cared what people thought about me, I mean…Air guitar 😜 Though acting like a dumb ass (at least in some peoples opinion) can actually feel less vulnerable than trying to learn how to ultimately be proficient at a musical instrument with the goal of playing in a band in front of the public someday. Just over 3 months ago I didn’t have the energy to do more than dream about this from my nest on the couch. Since starting the clinical trial I have been able to practice and work at learning the bass for about 2 months, now I can actually sit for an hour at a time running through the lessons on my Fender app and practicing bass lines from YouTube videos, pinch me.

When you have never been in a situation where your life has been seriously limited, it feels like you have all of the time in the world to get to all of the things, I remember that feeling. After I was diagnosed with cancer, I was often too sick to do much more than regret wasting the opportunity of all of the more care free times or at least the times when I was healthier when it would have been easier…Though maybe having cancer was the catalyst I needed to get me to take my dreams seriously, or at least a reminder that time is fleeting so do what you want to do while you are able. Whatever the reason, I am really thankful for this opportunity.

My husbands brother plays the guitar and is a real professional musician who is willing to jam with us (Charles plays the drums) and we got together this weekend to work on a couple of songs with the goal of actually playing in a public setting in the future…What a concept, a future that includes more than doctor appointments and serial killer documentaries, again, pinch me. I will post a clip so you can witness our process, it has been so fun!

My advice: Don’t wait until you have cancer to kick your butt into finally attempting to fulfill your dreams but if you do have cancer or something just as dramatic, don’t give up on your goals, anything is possible while your heart still beats in my opinion.

Until next time ❤️

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Mark Thibodeau
Mark Thibodeau
03 Μαΐ 2022

You've already got the bass player's "slung down low" stance mastered!

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