The legendary cellist, Pablo Casals was asked why he continued to practice at age 90. His reply: “Because I think I’m making progress.” Wayne Dyer said, “Don’t die with your music still inside you.”
I am in awe of the simple musical metaphors from these two men, each teaching a little different stance, yet not. I appreciate stories where people follow their passions and dreams, despite limitations or age. I believe that whatever our interest or level of expertise, we can only get better with practice. Even if we don’t have a natural capacity towards something we enjoy, practice will only assist us to get better.
We all do have a natural capacity towards something that the world will benefit from. It is a shame if we don’t fully take this on and it stays hidden inside us, like an unplayed song.