My mother was shocked when I said I wanted to learn violin. She felt, with all my finger problems, it was a pipe dream. I had never received much encouragement about learning an instrument, outside of teachers, until about two years ago. Once I started taking lessons, I started getting encouragement from my aunt and cousin. Mom came around later. Now, my main discouragement comes from me, because I don’t feel like I practice enough. Aside from an extended illness, I don’t want to disturb mom.