What I learned from a metronome

mindset & motivation Sep 07, 2023

A few weeks ago I recorded one of my own songs for the first time. I have sat in many sessions co-creating, but this was the first time I intentionally sat down and recorded one of mine!

It was a great challenge and a great learning experience. I’ve never sang with headphones giving me direct feedback of my voice, and I also was challenged to play to a metronome, which I hardly ever did. The process was a little longer than anticipated, and I knew that if I had practiced the skill of playing with the metronome a little more, the experience would have went a little smoother.

But hey! It's all a process as we learn to find the keys that fit and turn, right!? We all have to start somewhere and fail in order to learn and grow and become great. 

Motivated by the experience, I went to the piano and immediately started practicing with the metronome. Getting in the zone, I start to feel the tempo in my body. 

Click, click, click, clap!

Click, click, click, clap!

Hearing this sound without even touching the piano, I got a HUGE insight that truthfully changed my life. Literally hearing the seconds pass me by, made me realize how stinking precious life is, and how precious each and every second is.

Each and every second we have on this earth, every breath we take, is a precious gift from the universe.

So the question I asked myself staring down at the keys in awe hearing "click, click, click, clap!"... how do I want to spend my seconds? I immediately thought of all the time I spent telling myself stories that were holding me back, the negative self talk, and the mindless minutes I spent on social media.

Having this awareness of the preciousness of time, I thought, "How I want to live my life moving forward from this moment? Where do I want to spend my time and energy if these are moments I will never ever ever get back?"

I want to spend those seconds doing things I love. Taking risks. Swimming in the ocean. Playing the piano, mastering my body. Pushing past perceived comfort zones. Learning new skills. Letting go of the past and enjoying each breath. Love the people I am around. Exhibit kindness and compassion. Enjoy the food that nourishes my body. 

I want to look back on my life and say that I spent every single click and clap doing things that not only brought me joy, but added value to others.

Click, click, click, clap!

How do you want to spend your seconds? What are you taking for granted that you can bring a little more appreciation to? Where can you be a little more present? 

All my love, Aho, Amen. 

Megan Wren 


Megan Wren is a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Fitness Expert, Poet, Author, and Multimedia Performing Artist. You can find her on instagram at @itsmeganwren



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