Regret – Maybe Not

Cathy Singing_2

The WordPress Topic of the week is Regret.  Admittedly, it wasn’t a topic I really wanted to pursue.  The way I see it, why look back?  No need to dwell on shoulda’, woulda’, coulda’.  I decided a while ago that it was more important to move forward than dwell on the past.  Always easier said than done, isn’t it?

A few years ago I made the decision to stop playing music.  When I say that I stopped playing, I don’t just mean that I stopped playing publicly; I stopped playing.  The music inside me went quiet.

Life was pretty hectic at the time. I needed to balance out a few things.  It was hard at first, but I knew it was the right decision.  No regrets.

I think there may be times when Al would want to hear me play music and sing a bit more.  I did pluck out a few songs recently as you can see in my Peaceful 2 post.  Perhaps the fact that I’ve mentioned this a couple of times in posts means it’s time to start exploring this again.  Hmmm…ya think?

I know I’ll enjoy reconnecting with old friends…a 12 string and a few six string acoustic guitars.  They’ve come along way with me.  We’ll make some rich sounds.  I suspect it won’t be too much longer.  I don’t have the tug to sing into a mike at the moment, at least not right now.  No regrets there, either!


Top photo – My sis’ wedding…was it really that long ago?

Bottom photo – A bit more recent.  Taking a break from rehearsing.


I've always enjoyed writing and finally decided it was time to blog! As part of my profession I write every day, but I'm now trying to take the time to write creatively. My family and friends have been very encouraging as there is little that is written down in the way of a family chronicle. This is a favorite topic of mine! In addition to family history, I write about life, family, friends and faith. My husband is a full-time parent to our special needs daughter. I’ve explored this topic, too. I also enjoy music, crocheting, reading and relaxing with my family. I hope you enjoy what I have to offer!

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21 comments on “Regret – Maybe Not
  1. Licha says:

    I knew I recognized that picture! Almost 27 years!! It’s good to hear that you are playing again but you definitely need to sing. Beautiful music makes people happy. Go make people happy!

    • Cathy G says:

      Yes, ma’am! You are too hilarious! Who knows when it will be…but I somehow think when the time is write it’ll happen. 😉 Thanks for stopping by sis!

  2. Raul says:

    Though i recognize that life has its way with us whether we like it or not, your post saddened me deeply. No matter what reason we attribute to decisions we make, I wonder sometimes if those decisions are truly choices, or rather a reaction to events and circumstances that life, time or the world imposes upon us, meaning maybe we are less conscious then we think we are when we choose. Though the words in your post didn’t convey it, the description in the second picture did. I’d like to think that you didn’t “stop” playing, but that your “taking a break from practice.”

    Earlier in the week I received an email from a 19 year old speed artist from Ireland asking me if he could do a speed drawing using one of my music compositions from Soundcloud. The song was written about my dogs and was, of course,  titled “Big Dog Little Dog.”

    Cool to think that something I wrote, inspired a 19 year old halfway around the world to create a cartoon speed drawing about dogs. 

    I don’t play often anymore but I like to think that my mind and heart still embrace the expression of sound vibrations that we call music.

    • Cathy G says:

      Hi Raul. Well, my intent was not to make you sad – you of all people! I like the way you expressed this. Yes, sometimes we react to what life has to give us. For me, that meant taking a pause. Strange thing was, when I stepped away I really had no desire to play, sing, hum…it was rather strange, but that’s what happened. That expression has returned…and I’m glad that it has. I know over the years my music and song touched people… a complete stranger once asked me if I’d sing at her funeral, even though she wasn’t ill or anything like that…the request floored me…and every now and then I still get stopped and asked if I used to sing…so I guess where this is headed is…yeah, the song isn’t gone. It was on a definite pause. It’s good to recognize that it’s an important part of me. …and I’m glad you expressed your thougths here. Thanks for sharing about the speed drawing. I hope you’ll forward that if you’re able. I’d love to see how someone was inspired by music that you wrote. 🙂

  3. Smaaak says:

    Can we listen ?

    • Cathy G says:

      Hi Smaak. Thanks for asking. I have to admit the pipes are rusty…but who knows? This topic was about Regrets…so I’ll have to give that some thought. Thanks!

  4. cobbies69 says:

    Very similar to my post and I say go for it and we’ll both give it one more song… 😉

  5. Firstly thanks for the like on my blog…much appreciated and it was good to have you there..
    More important is the music…..A guitar is a patient thing…You can leave it alone for years and then one day just pick it up, give it the slightest bit of attention and it will respond to you as much as it ever did.
    With a guitar you can be a fickle lover.
    Enjoy playing…Enjoy not playing….The guitar will never mind…

  6. pix & kardz says:

    Oh do play on! Music can be an incredible bridge over many a troubled water. I am sure you will never regret persuing it again!

    • Cathy G says:

      Hi Kris. Oh I suspect that I will…I just can’t say exactly when! When I look back on it I realize that I needed the pause. I suspect my instruments are teasing me now…c’mon…you want to open the case and take us out…
      …and I have no doubt I’ll enjoy it! Thanks for your comment!

      • Smaaak says:

        Sometimes I think there is a deeper level calling to you. That requires a pause so that readjustments can be made within you, with or without your knowledge. Perhaps it’s a case of go deeper with the music, therefore in a different way of relating, or move on. Staying put just doesn’t do it anymore.

      • Cathy G says:

        Thank-you, Sheryl. I know that the pause was important. As you say many re-adjustments have taken place, not necessarily related to the music. I know that when I start playing again it will be with depth. It always is. It’s something that is deep within in me; it’s been with me for a very long time…and I know it will be again. Thank-you for your insight. 🙂

  7. True…we need not dwell on the past and just move forward..

  8. Mona says:

    Are you playing music now?

  9. […] I wrote a post a while back where I mentioned that, for a number of reasons, I hadn’t played any music recently. […]

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