Billy Joel and Elton John were Jason’s idols. He truly believed that if he had a piano and could learn to play it, his name would be right up there with Billy and Elton as one of the greats. The only problems was that he lived in a small, one-bedroom apartment with no room for a piano, and he couldn’t afford to buy one, anyway.
When Jason told his friend Steve about his dream to be a piano virtuoso but the obstacles he faced in reaching his dream, Steve said, “You know, Jason, you can get an electronic piano keyboard on Amazon for under 150 bucks. And when you’re not using it, you can fold it up and store it in your closet.”
“That’s a great idea, Steve,” Jason said. “I’ll jump right on that.”
A few weeks later, Steve called Jason. “Hey man, are you the new Billy Joel yet?”
“Nah, I returned the keyboard” Jason said. “I discovered that piano is not my thing. So instead I bought an electric guitar. I’m going to be the next Eric Clapton.”
“Rock on, buddy,” Steve said.
Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: Morguefile.