Of course, her teacher didn't see things quite the same way, and persevered in teaching her how to shift. Slowly, but surely, she's warmed up to the idea and is even beginning to see how it actually makes her playing easier, not more difficult. She has more flexibility, and will be able to play a much larger range of notes when she masters all of the positions.
But it's still hard, and it still requires a lot of practice and concentration. It can be frustrating for her, but in the end, it will totally be worth it.
I was watching her in her lesson last week (hey look! My cell phone camera again), and thinking about how we have those same types of shifts in life. Many times we get very comfortable in our positions--as employees, students, wives, mothers, friends, family members--only to have to learn how to change everything at what seems like a moment's notice. Suddenly we have a new job, we've graduated from college, we get married, we have a baby, we move to another state, or we gain a sister-in-law or two.
I've had a lot of life shifts this past year, and while sometimes I really hate them and long for my comfort zone, mostly I realize that they make me a better person in the end. I have had to do things that I might not have done if we didn't move to Michigan. I have had to get out of my shell and make friends. I have had to make myself be a better person.
And it's often hard.
But in the end, it is the best thing for me, and very worth it.