Recessions force people to make difficult choices about the “extra” things they do for themselves. News reports reflect those changes in spending trends.
If you’re feeling tempted to drop your piano lessons in an effort to save a few dollars, here are five reasons to reconsider:
1. Music represents beauty, and you need beauty even more during ugly times.
Wikipedia says about the benefits of music,: “It is often thought that music has the ability to affect our emotions, intellect, and our psychology; lyrics can assuage our loneliness or incite our passions.” (January 13, 2009). Tapping in to these effects will help you transcend and rise above the less pleasant sounds, images and issues in your day-to-day life.
2. Doing something you enjoy will help you keep a positive outlook.
An important element of the Law of Attraction, made famous by the movie The Secret, is that whatever you focus your mind on is what you will create in your life. If you quit learning piano and spend all of your time worrying about your finances, your worries will get bigger and the life you enjoy will get smaller. You can look forward to feeling good about yourself, rewarding yourself with piano lessons.
3. Depriving yourself too much could result in rebellion and even a spending “binge.”
While it would be wise to cut your spending and use your resources wisely, that doesn’t mean automatically cutting out everything you enjoy. If you try to control yourself too tightly, you may end up at a breaking point, going out and blowing your money on something you don’t really want and definitely don’t need. Keep one or two so-called luxuries in your life so that you’re not tempted to binge.
4. Sometimes we can turn our hobbies into real income.
Piano lessons could lead you anywhere. With your newfound creativity and skill, you may come up with an idea for a whole new business for yourself – whether it involves music or something else you can teach! And every little bit of extra income will help!
5. During challenging times, your piano lessons are a way to relieve stress and to relax.
Stress can lead to all sorts of health problems – from muscle and back pain to digestive problems, fatigue and difficulty sleeping – and sometimes serious disease. You need all of your energy and strength to cope with the recession. Focus your practice time specifically on the types of music that you enjoy the most and that help you relax.