In Don Mclean's song "American Pie", he calls that fateful February 3, 1959, when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed, “the day the music died”.
To me, this song is a valentine to voices in music, stifled forever. Who knows how these musicians could have continued to shape music if they hadn't boarded that plane.
I think a lot about lost potential because thousands of people like you and me are doing life, when suddenly we can't get up one day, or we fall in the grocery store, and everything changes.
It's like the song of our life goes out.
But unlike Buddy Holly, our potential, our gifts inside of us, they don't go away.
Instead they stay buried below doctor visits and fear.
We think about who we once were. We say we want our lives back.
I used to listen to music everywhere I went. Usually it was loud.
Then all of a sudden I couldn't stand to have the noise anymore. No more car stereo, head phones, or noise of any kind.
I was so afraid of being triggered by loud music that I didn't even think about the loss of my favorite songs and what they did for me.
One day about 3 years after my diagnosis I decided to give music one more try.
And you know what? My ear was ok!
I pulled out my cd's, my old digital music files, and I danced and sang, just like the good old days.
My music had come back to me.
If you find yourself longing for something you used to do, or used to think about, because Meniere's is taking over everything in your life, I encourage you to take a few minutes doing something you love.
Play the music down low and see how you feel about it. Dust off that old book of poetry you loved in college.
Instead of researching scary Meniere's articles, take a look online of the works of artists, inventors, and practical dreamers.
It will shift your outlook.
Speaking of shifting your outlook - in a few weeks I will be taking 5 dedicated Meniere's warriors through 12 weeks of renewed connection to life.
Our intention will be to make symptoms easier by reducing fear, anxiety, self-doubt, and loneliness.
We're going to trade in lost potential for found bravery and connection.
If you feel this would help you, you are welcome to book a free 30-minute session with me to talk about the details.
This is the link to my personal schedule. Just choose a time that fits for you:
Until then, remember you're always as good as your best day.
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