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Banksy on learning how to take a break

 

Every part of life has its peaks and troughs. Work, relationships, food, activity, learning – nothing can sustain ecstatic states of euphoria forever.

At some point, the puppy-love wears off. We hit dry spells. Our enthusiasm dims and things seem harder than they used to be.

When things get to the “less fun” stage, we have options.

One of the most common responses is to start something new. Abandon the old and start fresh. This brings the excitement back. We find novelty and feel creative.

But eventually, we’ll enter the trough again. Then we’ll be faced with the same situation and have to make the same choices. Some people spend their whole lives this way. And that’s fine, but it misses out on long-term growth and discovery. Everything stays at surface-level, instead of deepening and maturing.

Instead of quitting when things turn, we can, as the artist Banksy said, “learn to rest”. We can take a step back and regroup.

When we rest, we gather our forces. We reactivate and rejuvenate. We pull back not in weakness, but to wind the spring for the next forward thrust.

We all go through natural cycles that must include moments of repose. We sometimes need rest. It’s not a failing, and it’s doesn’t speak ill of us personally. It’s all part of the game. The important thing is to just rest, and not quit.

What’s your plan for when you get tired? What will you do if you don’t feel motivated to pick up the guitar?

What are your favorite exercises that keep your fingers moving? Are there tunes you love to play, just for fun? Are there recordings that inspire you and remind you why you got into this in the first place? Collect them and go to them when you need a break.


“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”

Banksy




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About Allen Mathews

Allen Mathews learned guitar as an adult, and has been a full-time guitar teacher for almost two decades to students age 4 to 96.  He has taught classical guitar at Reed College and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and has been a guest lecturer and clinician at schools and universities throughout the U.S.  Allen is often praised for his creative teaching abilities, and his dedication to helping adults learn classical guitar.  He has a popular Youtube Channel offering regular classical guitar tutorials, and has gained fans worldwide for his weekly emails and articles at ClassicalGuitarShed.com.


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