i recently took up the violin as it's my favorite instrument. i listen to a lot of romantic-era music (especially chopin- which i named my violin- and paganini) and classical (i've never been a big fan of baroque) so it's been something i've wanted to do for a while. i'm a firm believer that you're never too old to start learning something, especially an instrument. it's important to have hobbies and things that keep you busy and make you happy. however, many people i know have been completely ragging on what i want to do. they try and imply i will never be as good as them at playing an instrument, even if their instrument isn't even close to the violin. "well, i've been playing since i was six." i don't know why they would think i wanted to be better than them in the first place, but whatever. "a classical instrument costs a lot of time and money." of course it does, but since it's something i enjoy and my family can afford it, why does it matter? aren't those things they deal with too? i don't get why people are so defensive. it's just an instrument. when people tell me they want to begin writing creatively i don't care. it doesn't matter. it's just a hobby. i can get defensive about things, i really can, but the amount of people reacting to this in particular is astounding to me. i can't even tell certain friends of mine that i'm doing extremely well lest they become angry at the small success i'm having. i'm not really sure why i'm sharing this, i just felt like i sort of wanted to.
Listening to: Caprice no. 24