What’s the one thing in life that made you believe superhuman things about yourself? What made you dig deeper to accomplish things you never knew you could? For me, it was music. Through church, school, and teaching, I have learned more about myself and others through music.
I always wanted to teach. That was obvious to everyone around me as I thrusted my knowledge upon (sometimes unwilling) recipients. I was a pretty shy kid, though. But at church, I would alternate between sitting quietly and standing tall, singing my heart out.
Then I joined band. No one knew why. I didn’t like surrounding myself with other people, but I wanted to play, I wanted to make music. I loved it! I tell stories of my life based on the context of whatever band repertoire was meaningful at the time. Each piece evoked a special feeling, a sense of belonging, and created a special relationship between me and the other musicians.