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SharonC
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I purchased a new violin in May (from Fiddlershop, by the way) that I named Theo.  At the time I acquired Theo, I was reading some of the writings of Theodore Roosevelt.  I think most people know about his “Charge at San Juan Hill”, but he also was a very prolific writer, including 40 books, thousands of articles, letters, and speeches.

In addition to his San Juan Hill escapade, Roosevelt is known to many for a quote from his speech delivered in Sorbonne, France 23 Apr, 1910 entitled “Citizenship In A Republic” referred to as the “Man in the Arena”

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I think this is well known because of the universality of it.  Who among us has not been challenged? We all have.   And how we face our challenges shapes us.  When I first took up the violin, I had just retired from the military, was going through a divorce & was recovering from two back surgeries.  All challenges. 

I see my violin learning journey as a challenge, for sure.  I’ve told people that my first couple of years were the most difficult; that there were many times I wanted to take my violin and throw it out the window.  I’ve said that keeping with it has taught me both patience and humility. But through its challenges, it has also brought me the reward of accomplishment. When I first started, I did not have a name for my old violin.  But now, about 8 years later, I have a name for my new one. 

I guess my point is that I would encourage any of you, who have embarked on this violin (or viola, cello) learning journey, to “dare greatly” so that you know the satisfaction of achievement.   

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Fascinating! You've endured a lot and apparently come through stronger than most people. I can relate to both your personal story and to the quote of "Teddy". Your choice of the violin name seems apropos! Thank you for sharing.

Edit: And, as fellow veteran, thank you for your service.

The old curmudgeon!

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LOVE it! 

Great words to live by. 

Geez, I only picked "Mortimer" for mine because of Cary Grant's character in "Arsenic and Old Lace"... and it was my 1st 'White-with-Black' Cat's name - I have fond memories of his similar, endearing qualities. 🤣

Hats off to you & Theo!  

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Hats off to everyone here - all fellow members who have taken up the challenge of these wonderful instruments! 

- Emily

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great post @SharonC !  

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Mark
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@SharonC

Thanks for posting this, very good words.

Mark

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BillyG
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Great post @SharonC - as you wrote -

I guess my point is that I would encourage any of you, who have embarked on this violin (or viola, cello) learning journey, to “dare greatly” so that you know the satisfaction of achievement.  

Well said.  Absolutely.  There is rarely success without prior failure.  It is what we do and why/how we improve.

Oddly enough, about 2 months back, I was following a series on PBS America about the Roosevelt years - found it hugely interesting.

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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@JohnG  @ELCBK  @ABitRusty  @Mark  @BillyG  thanks, all

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October 4, 2021 - 1:36 pm
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SharonC said

...........I’ve said that keeping with it has taught me both patience and humility. But through its challenges, it has also brought me the reward of accomplishment. When I first started, I did not have a name for my old violin.  But now, about 8 years later, I have a name for my new one. 

I guess my point is that I would encourage any of you, who have embarked on this violin (or viola, cello) learning journey, to “dare greatly” so that you know the satisfaction of achievement.   

  Nice words. Thanks for the post. Congrats on sticking it out long enough to reap the rewards. Keep up the great work.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Thanks, Fiddlerman--

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