Drumming: A new adventure


Year of Standing Up, Not Fearing People

Abstract: Reflections on the past year and a half as a first time drummer and how different people and events have inspired me to take it up. Hope you can be inspired too. Enjoy!

Setting goals: At the start of last year, I was fired up to set new goals that were ‘SMART’ (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound). It began with a fun, lengthy list of stuff I wanted to pursue – some old, some new. It’s often the case that we struggle to maintain commitment to the goals that we set. I came across a study at the time which showed how most people who committed to a goal for 30 days were more successful at maintaining it long term because it became part of their routine for a long enough period (e.g. going to the gym, eating healthier foods, etc). If this study was correct, I was determined to ensure that I fell into the category of “successful” with my goals.

Keeping it to yourself: Once the list was complete, my first thought was to share it with others out of excitement. However, an inspirational video on Ted.com led me to have a change of heart. It explained one possible reason why we struggle to achieve the things that we set out to do, especially when swept up in the ‘new year-new start’ hype. It highlighted the fact that we find satisfaction in telling others our goals, which gives us a false sense of achievement. I suppose there’s nothing inherently wrong with telling others your goals. In fact, it could serve as a motivator if someone else is aware of what you’re aiming to achieve as they could help push you forward. But by keeping it to yourself, you are then motivated to achieve it as a way of showing it to others.

Finding inspiration: The book “Pleasing People” by Lou Priolo from Montgomery, Alabama greatly inspired me while setting my goals. It challenged the desire we all have as human beings – the approval of others. It spoke about the ‘people pleaser’ in these terms;

The people pleaser “selfishly uses the wisdom, abilities, and gifts that have been given to him for God’s glory and the benefit of others for his own glory and personal benefit” (Pleasing People, page 33)

This particularly challenged me, as a Christian, to want to honour God more with the gifts I believe he’s given me. Something I love passionately is music – playing, listening, or dancing to it (sometimes all three at once). You’ll more often than not find me plugged into spotify while out and about – one of many ways I find inspiration to write about stuff. I find playing piano very relaxing and reflective, and after reading this book I wanted to pursue the goal of playing in church. I took up the courage after church one Sunday to speak to one of the music team leaders to express my interest in playing with the band. Unfortunately, at the time of asking, the rota was virtually full and the only other instruments needing players were bass guitar or drums.

One door shuts, another opens: Now, I’ve never played bass before in my life and wasn’t too keen on learning it from scratch. I do admire it and the depth that it adds to a band, and would still love to learn it one day. With drums, I’d only ever had mess about sessions – e.g. my old flatmates djembe (African drum), or in GCSE music lessons. So I knew the rhythm was there enough to pursue, but my confidence, assurance, and ability were somewhat lacking. I look back in amazement at how far I’ve come along this musical adventure and feel a tremendous sense of achievement. My confidence, ability and variety on drums has grown massively and I’m forever grateful for the help of James (my instructor) for helping me achieve a level of “success” with one of my goals.

Drumming – A new adventure: January this year marked the one year mark on this smashing adventure (see what I did there?!) :P. I find listening to music a completely different experience now as I’m subconsciously trying to piece together the drum beat in my mind. Looking back on the past year and a half, the confidence placed on me by the music team and other people, has been an incredible blessing and motivator. I hope you can be inspired too as you plan and move ahead through 2015. Never give up on seemingly lost dreams.

Blessings, Gome

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Creative Blogger Award

image Exciting news guys!!! About two weeks ago, I was nominated for the Creative Blogger Award by fellow blogger Kateri (check out their blog here – https://kateristheories.wordpress.com/) who had these lovely words to say:

“Found your blog early this Easter morning and really enjoyed your poems. They are eloquent and thought provoking. It’s not often I run across poetry with Christian themes. Because of this I have nominated you for the creative blogger award.”

Link to more of my poetry if you’re interested – https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/category/poetry/ Having only started my blog in January, I’m incredibly humbled to be acknowledged in this way. So, as a nominee, the rules are that I get to share 5 random things about myself, and then nominate at least 5 other bloggers for the same award. So here goes 🙂

5 Random Facts About Me

#1. I once believed my older brother was going to eat me as a child. I actually balled my eyes out in tears, only for mum to reassure me he was joking (you believe anything when you’re little #brotherlylove).

#2. (Disclaimer: don’t read if you’re eating)…… I once did a nervous poo in my reception class as I was terrified to ask my “scary” cover teacher if I could go to the toilet. Our normal teacher was off on maternity leave. Looking back, it was clear who ‘did-the-deed’ as a perfect concentric perimeter of classmates with ‘hand-over-nose’ syndrome formed around me. I cleverly (or rather deceptively) blamed it on an apparent ‘rotten egg’ I had for breakfast prepared by my aunty (in reality, it was my cousin that made us breakfast and the eggs were perfectly fine)

#3. I kept a daily diary the whole of last year which essentially gave birth to the idea of this blog. I found it a very useful tool in so many ways (unwinding, reflecting, and as a Christian thinking about God).

#4. In primary, I got 95% for a detailed story I wrote for a creative writing exam called “what I want to be when I grow up .” Amazingly, my path to studying architecture is not far off the ‘artist’ I wrote about in my comparative broken english (will post if I can find it).

#5. Music is a big part of my life, as you may have noticed throughout this blog. I play piano. A year ago started drumming and have recently started learning guitar. I enjoy a rich blend of genres influenced by my upbringing in different places. These include: RnB, hip hop, drum n bass, reggae, gospel, gospel rap, jazz, house, kwaito, ZedBeats (Zambian music), afrobeat, grime, etc, etc…. The list literally keeps on going.

My 5 Nominees

The 5 blogs I’ve chosen are all unique in their approach, style and topic. Check ’em out! I’m sure you’ll enjoy 🙂

A Caffeinated Blog https://acaffeinatedblog.wordpress.com/

Tea Time Poems https://yessicadaedalus.wordpress.com/

Tinkhani B https://tinkhanib.wordpress.com/

Masuku on my Mind http://masukuonmymind.com/

Sheila Sea Poetry https://sheilaseapoetry.wordpress.com/

Well done to you all. Keep up the good work!

Now it’s your turn. As a nominee, the rules of the Creative Blogger Award, if you so wish to participate, are as follows:

1. Display the Creative Blogger Award logo on your blog

2. Thank and tag the blog who nominated you

3. Write 5 random facts about yourself

4. Nominate a minimum of 5 other blogs and let them know

Peace 🙂

Welcome to my world!

Hi. Welcome to my world!

Journey with me Journey with me…

My name is Gome, a young Christian and student of architecture. I love football, piano, drumming, art, travel, writing, and cooking among other interests that I intend to share in this blog. As I share these insights, I aspire to inspire, encourage, motivate and humour you, my audience. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Why Reposed Thought? The word ‘repose’ is inspired by a first year design project where we were asked to create 3 spaces (for repose, conviviality and making) using 3 shapes (circle, square, triangle) and encouraged to develop a story narrative for how each space connected to the other. The term evokes a state of rest or tranquillity and when fused with the word ‘thought’ gives the idea of reflection (tranquil reflection). As a Christian, I find it particularly valuable spending time in the quiet place, whether its reading the bible or walking and praying as it helps renew my strength.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High [God] will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1)

Expressing myself through different media has always been a feature of my life even from an early age. Whether it was a creative writing exam, or sketching a place we visited on holiday from memory, my early years were spent absorbing my surroundings – kind of like a sponge. I feel ready to now share what I’ve learned.

2015 is a special year for me as I celebrate spending exactly half my life in Zambia (my homeland) and half in England – two somewhat similar yet vastly different experiences. Their cultures, climate (still finding England cold), food, people, norms, and traditions have undoubtedly helped shape my character, tolerance and overall perspective of the world.

I invite you to join me on my first EVER blogging journey to see what the world looks like through my eyes.

Enjoy the ride.

Bless 🙂