Many kids grow up finding that they can’t do it all. Specifically it’s nearly impossible to do two separate types of extracurricular activities because of the scheduling conflict. Here’s a look at my choice of choosing music over sports and why I am happy with my choice.
Choosing sports first because music wasn’t an option.
I first started off playing softball while in elementary school. At this time music just wasn’t even an option. This had to do with school funding and teacher availability. When my sisters were that age the school had a music teacher and funding for a school band. When I became that age music and arts were cut from the budget. I really didn’t mind because at the time I didn’t know otherwise. It wasn’t until 7th grade that I actually picked up my first instrument, which was the clarinet. At this time things were easier when it came to scheduling. Luckily most extracurricular activities offered by my school didn’t have overlapping schedules.
A packed schedule.
7th grade I was in beginner band and also apart of the basketball team. 8th grade I was part of the advanced band, jazz band, basketball, and volleyball. Obviously I was doing a lot more in my second year of doing these extracurricular activities. It wasn’t until the end of 8th grade that I found out that I would have to choose one thing when I would enter high school. At first I didn’t understand but then I remembered my one sister’s dilemma. She was in band and softball but ultimately chose softball. The issue was at that level softball and band were done after school hours. Meaning there were band practices and softball practices after school during the week. There were also band performances and softball games during the weekend. Performances and games usually involved traveling to other cities so it was impossible for my sister to be in two places at once. She ended up getting a scholarship for softball which is great for her but personally I chose music over sports.
It may sound silly but the first reason why I chose music over sports was because of the volleyball uniforms. I found out that in high school the volleyball uniform consisted of extremely short and tight shorts. There was no way I would ever wear something like that in public. As I entered band camp the summer before high school I found more reasons to stick with band than to continue with sports. One very important reason, given the introvert that I was and am, was that my friend from Girl Scouts was also in the band so that eased my mind that I was going into something where I already had a friend.
As the years of high school passed I learned more instruments and was involved with several types of band. It came to the point that I could literally pick up any instrument and learn how to play it within a couple of hours. Which I literally did when I learned to play a song on the trumpet one day and performed with it that night. I was finding new reasons left and right to reassure myself that music was the best choice for me. I met great people, performed for the army and other important people, performed at local venues for fun, learned how to play music I loved, and became skilled in playing several instruments.
Music is a part of me.
I just couldn’t see my life turning out the way that it did if it wasn’t for band and choosing to stick with music. I even met my husband at the band camp those many years ago. Sure we’re divorced now but we still remain friends and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. As far as music goes now I mainly enjoy it for fun. I play, and love, music games, such as SingStar and Rock Band. I also enjoy playing the piano for fun and learning songs that are commonly heard on the radio. Playing music yourself is quite the experience. It’s a feeling like no other and I know that I’m at my happiest when music is somehow in someway involved with my life. Music is a part of me.