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Welcome! My health problems add craziness to my life. Here I post ideas I've tried, also questions I'm still asking. I have an electrolyte disorder. So I have crazy neuro stuff like complicated migraines, alkalosis, loosing my speech and paralysis. (including legs and hands) Little by little, foods had to go, they affected my brain and immune system. So I avoid like the plague: soy, dairy, gluten, nightshades, and try to avoid refined sugar. My body requires pink salt and electrolytes. I now use a speedy red wheelchair that I love. I've craved a simpler life, but how do you do that with crazy health stuff? I've already had a fire and flood, so I really don't value possessions. I value people and experiences. I am not compensated for any posts, just my opinions.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Practicing a song I love

I have always loved the movie, "The Sound of Music" with Julie Andrews. Even as a little girl, I was mesmerized with the movie. One song that I have found to be really inspiring over the years is "Climb Every Mountain". (Shown in official video clip above.) There really wasn't anything wrong with Maria wanting to be a nun. It was a good thing to want to do, and a great thing for many people to be. But for Maria, she discovered she needed to do something different. Something unknown, and scary. It's hard when you realize that you have to do something different. I've had a few times where I had to completely change my plans for my life. They were good plans. It was perfect for some of my friends and family. But I needed to do something different. A song like this helps me to feel more courageous to change course, even more than the "Confidence" song.

Two weeks ago, I was struggling to play my violin most of the week. My fingers kept locking up. My neck vertebrae were inflamed and I was hurting a lot, all day. So I decided to just focus on 2 notes I really struggled with to get right. They were always very sharp or very flat, I just couldn't quite seem to get them right. I've hung on to some sheet music I bought 20 years ago, and found my "Sound of Music" sheet music. I looked at the song "Climb Every Mountain." It had the two notes I was struggling with, about a dozen times! I started practicing it, and it was way easier than I expected it to be. I told my teacher at the lesson, I knew I hadn't quite mastered the other songs, but I was using this one to help me get those 2 tricky notes. Even though I had just picked it up and tried to play, starting the day before, I played better than I ever have before. I found that if I hummed the song, I kept the notes in tune. I think it was my best, because I knew the song really well and it had sentimental meaning for me. This was the whole reason I wanted to play an instrument, to play things in my heart, to be my other voice. A creative outlet for me. I'm still a beginner, but it's getting easier. I have a completely different way to hold my violin than is normal. But now I can practice for an hour and my muscles don't lock up at all from my neuro-muscular challenges. I've been able to practice every day this week. I found a different course that works for me, and it's very rewarding.