I was super-inspired yesterday.
Staying at my folks in London for a couple of days and as I was working all afternoon I was able to faintly hear the beautiful sound of their neighbour practising the violin.
He was practising for HOURS...
The neighbours are younger than my folks, I reckon late 50's / early 60's. He's a professional violinist and plays with a nationally-recognised orchestra, so it's serious shit.
I remember growing up as a child listening to him practise his violin on the other side of the wall. That was a long time ago. And I'm sure he was practising for years before they moved in next door. So that's a lot of years of practise, much longer than I've even had something that I wanted to practise at!
That's not to say we all have to go off and practise something daily for hours on end. But if there is something you love to do, find the time to put that practise in - even 5 minutes is better than nothing! But not just that, make it 5 minutes of focussed and enjoyable practise. Something you want to work on, not something you think you should do.
Listening to my neighbour has definitely made me determined that in 10, 20 years from now I'll still have something in my life that I'll want to practise regularly, whatever that may be. Since starting to dance nearly 13 years ago, movement practice has been the gift that keeps on giving. I'm always discovering new things about how my body works, things I can do to improve myself and how I can help others to do the same. I'm excited to see what further developments I’ll make in the future.
If I'm honest I've had a bit of a struggle to practise this week due to a bit of lurgy. However this weekend I'm getting back on the wagon practising for some upcoming ATS performances, finger cymbal drills and starting a new fitness programme.
I'd love to know what's on your practice plan this weekend! Or perhaps if you didn't have anything in mind - can you fit in a sneaky 5 minutes somewhere?
Or perhaps you've been practising loads and have planned some well-deserved rest and relaxation this weekend?