I'm reading The Alchemist.
It's about a boy who takes a journey to find a treasure.
On page 21, the boy meets a king who gives him 2 magical stones.
These magical stones answer any "yes or no" question.
So after meeting the king, the boy asks: do I still have the king's blessing?
"Yes," the stones say.
Then he asks: Am I going to find my treasure?
The boy reaches to his pocket for the stones, but they fall to the ground (through a random hole).
He smiles and realizes: some things you just can't ask.
I love that.
We're all on a personal journey of some kind.
Asking "will I get there?" misses the point.
The only answer is to try and go.
Time spent asking "will I get there?" is time spend not going.
Further—knowing you'll definitely reach your goal makes your actions meaningless.
If I'm driving a bus to New York and know I will definitely get there, then I might as well take my hands off the wheel and take a nap. *bus crashes*
Like any movie, a journey is interesting because we don't know how it will end.
Music Production Class I'm Taking
Ableton Live (via Point Blank Music School).
For a while I've wanted to make music. A couple years ago, I took drum lessons for a few months. I enjoyed it, but drums are loud and bulky, so it was hard to practice in my apartment. Plus, it's impossible to make a "full song" with drums alone.
So I decided to learn electronic music—I'm taking a class to learn Ableton (popular software for this). Excited for the time when I can hear a sound in my head and make it real.
Wanna take the class together? It's fully online, starts next Monday, and lasts for 6 months ($1K for the course + $750 for the software).
Quote I'm Pondering
"I took violin lessons from age 6 to 14, but had no luck with my teachers for whom music did not transcend mechanical practicing. I really began to learn only when I was about 13 years old, mainly after I had fallen in love with Mozart’s sonatas. The attempt to reproduce, to some extent, their artistic content and their singular grace compelled me to improve my technique, which improvement I obtained from these sonatas without practicing systematically. I believe, on the whole, that love is a better teacher than sense of duty—with me, at least, it certainly was."
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