The other day, Rama pointed out that it's been a while since I'd had an actual factual hobby. Before I had kids, there were a lot of things that kept me occupied, like arts and crafts, going to shows, keeping a sketchbook, and even learning how to make a web site. But these days, making web sites and designing has become my job, and my sketchbook is mainly used for exploring ideas for other people's passions. I realized I needed to carve out some time for creative pursuits just for me.
So I picked up the ukelele Rama gave me for our anniversary earlier this year, and I hopped on to YouTube in search some instruction. I found the best gal with a simple tutorial and got playing.
When Rama came home that evening I was so excited to play for him what I'd learned, a super simple version of Bob Marley's Three Little Birds. It was just three chords, and my fingers stumbled over them, but when I sang along, it almost sounded like I knew what I was doing.
Illustration by Rama Hughes