Training and Lessons, Enrichment and Joy :)
posted at 8/22/2011 1:22 PM EDT
I'll tie this into music in a minute. :) I got a little bug in my ear a couple of months ago regarding yoga instructor certification / training. After 7/8 years of steadfast, consistent and advanced practice, I got it in my head that getting certified as a yoga instructor would be a truly rewarding and enriching accomplishment -- and here's the catch -- I may never land a steady class or teach. I want the experience and I want to take myself to that level because of the rewards involved in learning. In fact, since I started looking into various programs, I have witnessed a great number of examples of people taking the training to deepen their practice and knowledge, with no plans to teach, much to my surprise. Certification requires a standard number of hours of training, and they all benchmark at the same cost ($$$$).
Now to tie this into music -- have any of you followed a path into your musical interests, spent $$$ on lessons or training, for the love it it, with the end goal being simply knowledge, enrichment, and joy? Not to make money, not to become an entertainer on a stage, but just -- well -- just because there's something that drew you there like a magnet? And there you are, maybe years later, still learning, and loving it? How about any other artistic pursuit? Those count, too. :)
I know this isn't what we normally discuss here, so I don't expect a lot of traction from this post, but if you care to share your musical pursuits, no matter how big or small, and whatever that has entailed, if it's brought you enrichment and joy, that's all that matters.
If you care to share, please do.