March 14, 2012
How long has it been? I don't even know. Am I still running? Yes. In fact, I am even in that awkward phase coming out of a semi-major injury where I don't quite have my feet under me yet and I spend every run wondering if I feel 0.1% better. But over the past couple of years, I have developed another obsession: playing viola.
I played a little as a child, put it down for 30-odd years while playing other instruments, then picked it back up again about 3 years ago. I work very hard at it. I take lessons once a week. I play in a sort of all-comers string orchestra. I have attempted to play chamber music with friends and strangers alike. I practice hours and hours every week; in fact, since the running injury, my weekly practice hours surpass my weekly running hours. And still, despite my huge desire to play passably well, I suck.
As I get close to 50 years old, I expect that my running will fade with each new injury that takes longer and longer to recover from. Meanwhile, playing viola will probably replace running as that thing I want very badly, and work very hard at, and never quite get.
Oh well, at least I still have desire for something.
Posted by joe positive at March 14, 2012 10:49 PM
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