"Keep your mind here and now"
The biggest cliché of all times! Nevertheless , if we think about it for a moment, it can still help us a bit. So don't leave yet!
If we look around us, there is always someone who we think is better, richer, better looking, smarter etc. than us. We all wish we could be in his/her shoes sometimes. Now here is a little secret: these people we envy so much are probably wishing they were someone else too sometimes. In fact, they might even wish they were you! That's because, we're so busy focusing on what we don't have that we forget to enjoy what we actually have.
I read an article once about the level of happiness versus personal income. There was a difference in happiness between the people who didn't earn enough to support themselves and those who weren't rich but were doing just okay. However, there was no difference between people in the "okay" category and the super rich because the very wealthy people keep wanting more and are never satisfied no matter what. Some rich people were happy but not more that the average Joe.
So what does that have to do with music?
Even if you can't play everything yet and aren't the strongest player around, there's still quite a lot you can do with your instrument. If you think about what you CAN do rather than what you haven't achieved so far, you can do enough to enjoy yourself playing even if you've only been playing for a couple of months.
Take time to play music that you like just for the simple pleasure of playing music. It doesn't always have to be about making progress, getting good grades or winning prizes. JUST HAVE FUN HERE AND NOW WITH YOUR INSTRUMENT.
The process of learning is just as important as the end result. Do what you need to do daily to achieve your goals and results will come when they come. Focus on the means to reach your target rather than the target itself. If you do the right moves, the right things will happen. Maybe not today or tomorrow but they will happen.
In the mean time, make sure you don't miss this exciting time by over thinking about the future or by wishing you were someone else. Like I said, that someone else probably wants to be someone else too!
I am associate principal horn of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the author of the progressive methods. I'm happy to share my experience as a horn player and teacher with you.