Make Do

People often make excuses about why they can’t do one thing or another. I’ve heard them over and over. I want to write a book but I don’t have a good computer, or I have a guitar but it’s old and hard to play, so I don’t play it. If you really want to do something, you will. You’ll make do.

I played trumpet in high school, but after I graduated, I wanted to play the drums. Drums were expensive. Instead, I bought some drumsticks and found a big cardboard box in my parent’s basement. I practiced for hours a day down there. In time, I saved enough money and bought a used drum set.

I was poor in my teens, 20s, and even my 30s. I learned to make do. That included sacrificing having TVs and cars at times. It included buying the $50 electric guitar at the pawnshop instead of the $300 guitar that I really wanted.

To save space in my home, I sold my drum set about five years ago. I make do. When I want to practice drumming, I use five-gallon buckets and a practice pad. The buckets cost me $1.00 each at the paint store.

This concept of make do applies to your skills as well. Don’t tell me you can’t write a poem or play a musical instrument because you don’t have the skills. No one was born with a pen or a guitar in their hands. If your skills need work, practice. Make do with where you are now. Practice only leads to improvement.

Life isn’t always easy, but most of the time, there is always a way to make do. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.