Sunday, May 21, 2023

Building More Than a Guitar: Embracing the Midlife Renaissance

Guitar body cut out preparation.

Hello, you people! As a man in my fifties, I have embarked on an exciting new adventure that has brought immense joy and fulfillment into my life. I want to share with you my journey of learning and building electric guitars—a passion that has been awakened during this remarkable phase known as the midlife crisis. And while my future blog posts will delve into the profound beauty of the Psalms written by David, for now, let me give you a hint of the inspiration they have provided along my path.

The Story of Guitars: A Musical Adventure

Guitars have an extraordinary history deeply rooted in the world of music. From the ancient civilizations to the rock legends of today, these instruments have shaped melodies and captivated our souls. The evolution of guitars has been nothing short of an epic musical odyssey, influencing countless artists and genres throughout time.

Playing music vigorously can be traced back to Psalms, in the Bible. The famous Old Testament character, David, is known to be a musician and songwriter in addition to being a great warrior and king.

Embracing Change: Navigating the Midlife Crisis

The midlife crisis—a term that often carries a negative connotation—has been an unexpected catalyst for personal growth in my life. It has inspired me to reevaluate my choices, reflect on my passions, and embrace change. Despite any regrets or sacrifices made in the past, this phase has presented an opportunity to follow my true desires and pursue newfound passions.

Learning New Skills: Building and Playing Guitars

One of the most thrilling aspects of my journey has been delving into the art of guitar craftsmanship. Learning to build electric guitars has allowed me to unleash my creativity and dive into a world of technical mastery. While challenges have arisen along the way, I have persisted, overcome obstacles, and discovered the immense satisfaction and pride that comes with creating something tangible with my own hands.

Even more affirming is the moment when I hand what I've made to a friend with more expertise, watching their skillful fingers breathe life into the instrument. It is a humbling reminder that the learning journey is endless, and there is always room to grow and improve. This realization has taught me to appreciate the beauty of the process rather than solely focusing on reaching a definitive finish line. It's about the continuous evolution and the joy of sharing the fruits of my labor with others, knowing that each creation carries a unique story and potential for further refinement.

The Power of Music: Rocking with Legends

The music of legendary rock n' roll giants such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pink Floyd, and The Rolling Stones has served as my guiding light throughout this journey. By learning and playing their iconic songs, I have found a profound connection to the power of music. It has become a form of self-expression, an endless source of inspiration, and a bridge to the soul-stirring emotions embedded within these timeless melodies.

My midlife crisis has truly transformed into a midlife renaissance. Through the art of building and playing guitars, I have found an avenue for personal growth, creative expression, and pure joy. As I share my story with you, my hope is to inspire others to embrace their own passions and pursuits, regardless of age or the sacrifices made along the way. The future is filled with endless possibilities, waiting to be explored and experienced. So, let us embark on our journeys, strumming our guitars, and harmonizing with the symphony of life. Together, we can embrace our midlife renaissance and create a beautiful melody that resonates through the ages.

Thank you for joining me on this adventure!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow Bryon, this is so cool brother, I had no idea, so happy for you in pursuing this that God has put a burning desire on your heart. Blessings on it all for ya bro! πŸ‘πŸŽΈπŸŽΆπŸ™✝️❤