I am learning guitar. Next to coaching, guitar consumes me. Music and boxing -expressions of self, of nature.
I can’t wait for my next practice session. How to change chords, how to strum. How to read a tab and break down a song I am trying to learn. I have a guitar at the gym and one at home…..I want to be near one at all times.
I started as a #coachesdowntime way to spend time with Jen outside of boxing. But I’ve gotten so much more.
Music has changed my thinking. I feel rhythms as I watch my boxers move about the ring……I can sense when tempo needs to change and I feel the off beat better. I think in 1 and 2 and 3 and………… Sound waves are powerful and can be used to manipulate space and time. I make my instructions to fill the off beat and spur change.
Coaching is a personality- a lifestyle- it can consume and take you away from yourself, your family. You can get lost in giving. Music keeps me from floating away into all of that.
Playing guitar is my skill development….my quality time where the whir of my brain that mimics a screamo song can calm down…..be clear………my whole self at peace. Grounded and secure in the confines of a scale.
Learning an instrument has interrupted the pattern of external need…..dropped me into myself and allowed a deeper connection in collaboration.