"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." ~Michael Jordan


My dear kimchi,

I wanted you to love music and when you were younger, I encouraged you several times to sign up for a piano class. But you said you were not into it. I didn't push you because I don't want you to do something that you don't like just to make me happy.

But I was so happy when you signed up for a band class at school and you chose trumpet because you said, "It makes a much louder noise than flute and because everyone else chose flute!"

So we were all so excited about your winter concert and I was so happy seeing your radiant face on the stage. Everyone did a great job (because I know for a fact that blowing a trumpet is not an easy job!), but of course I was so proud of you in particular.

I heard you practice from day one, when you just started to learn how to blow the trumpet (yeah, there were moments when I just wanted to cover my ears). Then you progress into learning to read the notes, then short tones followed, and then complete short songs. And I've noticed that you take initiatives to learn longer songs by yourself. You told me that Mr. Drelles complimented you on your progress. You see, progress is an essential part of every learning curve.

Sometimes the learning curve is short and easy. Other times, it could be long and steep (remember when I first started to make the flower blanket?). When you experience the second, it would be very easy to give up and move on to something else that is easier.

When that happens, I want you to remember that every progress, no matter how small is an accomplishment. Every step, even though small, will lead you to something bigger. Challenge yourself, not to proof to everyone else how good you are, but challenge yourself so that you can be a better, more resourceful you.

So, always take initiatives, always learn new things, always challenge yourself, and you'll go far.

Love you,
Bunda

Debbie Wibowo
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