Submitted by Sydney

Don’t give up even when things get hard, or you are bored

Before I start, you should know that I am a perfectionist. So, when I was about 6 years old, I started taking piano lessons with a teacher named Ms. Porsha. I was really enjoying the piano, but we decided to take a break over the summer. When the next school year started, I went back to taking piano lessons. Now, I was 6 years old and did NOT have a good attention span. It was hard to pay attention for 30 minutes!  I slouched back on the bench, and I looked like I was about to fall off. Then, once the lesson was over, I told my mom that I wanted to quit. She told me to not quit yet and give it another week. The next week, I gave it another chance, and I loved it! 6 years later, I am still playing piano! Although, there have still been some struggles. Up until almost a year ago, I would get very frustrated if I made even one little mistake. I would play louder and faster. And even louder and faster! And even louder and faster until I couldn’t press harder. I feel bad for those keys. I told my mom that I wanted to quit, and once again, she said no. Soon after, I realized that I was spending too much time on these little mistakes. I talked with my parents, and we decided that if I get frustrated, I should just walk away and come back to it later. Now, I am doing so much better, even with the hard songs. So, I guess the lesson I learned was to not give up, even if things get hard or you are bored, because if you do, you may regret it in the future.