What did Beethoven, Helen Keller, Albert Schweitzer, Buddha all have in common?
Warning: The following paragraphs contain subject matter that might be described as "deep" and "meaningful" by some and "dreary" and "boring" by others. If prone to headaches, insomnia or mild depression, please do not read on.
I have been so far away (literally and figuratively) for over a year from my "old" life as a full-time musician/teacher/examiner/workaholic that I have finally had the chance to make some discoveries about life itself. Someone recently said to me that what I was experiencing was important, challenging and life-changing all at once, because most of us are so busy living life and going through the motions (work, home, shopping, friends, buy things, babies, qualifications) that we barely scratch the surface of life itself. I began questioning things about eighteen months ago, and I remember writing about that experience on this blog (though I could be wrong - sometimes I think I have written something and typed it up for the blog, but it remains in my notebook, far from cyberspace). It was painful to question everything that you have been conditioned to believe from your teenage years. Some would say, conditioning begins when you're still a kid, but in my case, I think I was a pretty strange sort of kid, who lived in a strange way, on my own terms, until I reached the age of 16 or 17.