Saxophone Regret

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© Joshua Ball

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I played the saxophone for several years when I was in elementary school and junior high. I stopped playing my freshman year of high school, probably in a sad attempt to gain acceptance among my peers. 15 years later, I find myself looking back and wishing I would have never put it down. In some twisted variation of the butterfly effect theory, my life path may have been completely different had I pursued a musical career. Unfortunately, all our lives are full of “what-ifs.” No one is without regrets. As I pondered my own personal “what-ifs” I was suddenly reminded of the saxophone beneath my bed. I dusted it off and assembled it for the first time in years. Upon tightening a screw, it suddenly broke off from the base. Soon after, I somehow hit myself in the lip with the mouthpiece. I clearly was no longer graceful with the instrument. To add insult to injury, I could barely belt out a few notes in a row. Whatever skill or talent I had in my youth, it was clearly gone.

What would I do with it now? Photograph it of course! This photo represents the “what-ifs” in live. Our individual choices lead us to where we are now and that is something we must all live with. We must do our best to live without regret, but that doesn’t stop us from pondering the “what-ifs.”

3 responses

  • Arline Grant

    Arline Grant gave props (17 Feb 2010):

    Beautiful shot!

  • n n

    n n (Deleted) gave props (19 Feb 2010):

    A beautiful shot and some good taughts, what if....had you been taking so good photos if you had kept up with the sax?

  • Denise Sarazin

    Denise Sarazin (Deleted) gave props (13 Jul 2010):

    Lovely photo... and it's never too late to pick up an instrument. I started playing classical guitar at 45.

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