8 Things my Ukulele taught me in just 2 days.
For the past 6 years I have been working on and in my business.
In that same time I have also had two children.
Studied full time.
Moved clinic 4 times.
Built and dismantled one of those clinics.
Shared, argued, laughed with and loved my partner.
Became sick and exhausted.
And over the last 6 months am now on the road to becoming really well.
Previously, I was continually telling myself I ‘needed’ to work.
I had to keep-on-keepin’-on despite the fact that I was becoming burnt out and tired.
And also recognising that I was just plain feeling like shit.
I wanted to regain a bit of fun in my life again and do something that brought me happiness.
With some shifts, self healing and home healing I have now got to a place where I am making time for me.
So I decided to return to singing and playing guitar.
I bought new strings and dusted off my guitar that made a home in the shed. And spent the next few days playing guitar and singing.
This then triggered something else I wanted to do.
To connect with other people. As working solo can be a tad isolating at times.
And I came across an amazing school that encourages community participation (there’s about 30 people on average in the group) and teaches Ukulele.
Huzzah! It combined two of the things I wanted to bring into my life; music and people!
And so I joined.
And in the 2 days I’ve attended I’ve learnt so much about myself and myself outside of my work.
And I wanted to share…
8 Things my Ukulele taught me in just 2 days.
1) I’m never too old to learn or to start. The eldest member they have in the Ukestra group is 94.
2) It’s not all about me. Working independently is fantastic but working in a collective can be awesome too. As a Uke group, we are simply there for the music, connection, the challenge of playing and fun. And we all play together to create it!
3) That I am quite resourceful and independent. It wasn’t until I stepped outside of my normal skills did I come to realise that I have this as a strength. When you’re constantly in your stuff, you can sometimes lose sight of your natural abilities.
4) I pick up new concepts and ideas quickly and able to put it into practice (with a bit of practise). e.g. chords for a guitar are different to the chords on a Ukulele, though my fingers are already calibrated to play. You too are already calibrated for new activities that may stem from a previous skill.
5) Not every activity has to be about a business goal, increasing my business skills or honing my marketing (even though I’m writing about this here) Leisure time is pleasure time and helps to create happiness and joy. And is sometimes so underrated. I can now come back from playing with renewed energy.
6) I can be with a group of people without having to ‘network’. And it’s so refreshing not to be ‘on’ all the time. Instead our conversations usually go like this – ‘Is there an easier way to move your fingers from this chord to this chord?’ or ‘This is how you do the cat’s meow’ – and make meow sounds on the Ukulele at the end of a song because it sounds cool.
7) That I am much more than my work, my title or my business. And so are you. The group takes me as I am, without attaching a title to me. We are all just there, doing our do.
8) My Ukulele doesn’t give a f*ck if I’m an entrepreneur. And this is only one role I play at a given moment. When I am playing the Uke, my role is to be a Uke player. And I love how my Ukulele just wants to make music and be happy. And that’s all.
I have only just started this relationship with my new Ukelele and I am hoping that we will have a very long and happy life together. We may even decide to have more along the way. As they say, you can never stop at one.
It’s been so nice to totally step outside of my normal business model of either studying energetic or esoteric practices, self awareness, meditation or the business side of things like marketing, money and networking.
And I want you to know there is a big world outside of your business.
And even though your business is your passion and your purpose in life.
And even though working for you is not really work, because you love it so much.
With all the ‘even though’s’….
It’s also great to find another passion, outside of your soul purpose or passion, that provides you with space.
And also makes you happy.
It’s OK… you can always have more than one passion.
Oh and if your interested, you have to watch this video from the Ukulele group I attend. This is what hooked me in.
I watched it and decided… ‘yeah, they look like cool people I want to hang out with.’
See Video here >> Royals (Lorde) by Ukestra
And yes, we play this song in class.
If you are in Newcastle at the end of October pop in to the Newkulele Festival, details here >>
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