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Originally Posted by wouter79
Oh well maybe some would say entire life is a crisis :-D


That made me chuckle. Sometimes when I practice and I get really into it... that's when I forget everything else and feel peaceful. Music silences the chaos in our lives and takes us away.

Something akin to what Jacqueline du Pre said:
"Playing lifts you out of yourself into a delirious place."


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You people should read a book named: Younger Next Year

It is true. You can literally, proven in medical tests, make yourself younger each year. I think the key is that we haven't taken care of ourselves. We also haven't known how to do a good job of it either. That book says there is no reason to spend years dying. A slow death from a sickness. We should be living healthy. Until the end should be rather short.

This topic...Like it's said: In an insane society. It is the sane man who appears insane. In this context: I wanna be completely bonkers nuts.



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Originally Posted by PianoStudent88
I think it means we are enjoying getting to a stage in our life when we can look around a bit and think how we want our life enriched in a way we may not have taken time for before as we were raising children, establishing ourselves in our careers, etc.


That's what it feels like to me. I feel lucky to be at this stage and able to enjoy it.



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I think it means we are enjoying getting to a stage in our life when we can look around a bit and think how we want our life enriched in a way we may not have taken time for before as we were raising children, establishing ourselves in our careers, etc.


That's what it feels like to me. I feel lucky to be at this stage and able to enjoy it.



Yep.
It's a new adventure.

Our modern word "crisis" comes from words that have historically meant things like turning point or instability surrounding change.


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I am 37 and started playing 9 months ago as an absolute beginner. My family and friends have been very supportive. I was expecting alot of laughs directed at my "midlife crisis", but that has not happened. I usually get a "That's cool!". I think it shows that many of my friends also have similar ideas of finally doing the things they've always wanted to do. As stated previously, I now have the time and means to do some of them.

@rnaple- I (only) read the review of the book you mentioned. It seems to say what I tell my patients everyday. Exercise everyday, eat right, enjoy friends and family, have a hobby you are passionate about. I add to this: take a daily walk in sunshine and laugh daily. I don't think these are any groundbreaking key points, but if there are people who don't know this (and there are!)then they should take your advice and read it!

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Beginning music at 45 PREVENTED me from having a mid-life crisis!!




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As we become more aware of the passing away of people we personally know and the fragility of our own lives, I suppose a ‘crisis’ emerges. It occurs at ‘mid-life’ because that is when those events typically happen. At this point we ask ourselves many questions including whether we’ve lived an authentic life so far. Only those who are going through the same will truly understand this. When they don’t, they disparage our choices and moves. What we do with that realization though is what matters, and learning or re-learning the piano is, I believe, in the right direction. As for myself, I studied piano as a child, stopped at 13 or 14, did not touch the piano for more than 30 years, bought myself a digital and re-learned when I was about 48, found myself becoming more serious and passionate about it that I celebrated turning 50 last year by purchasing my very first acoustic grand (perhaps my last?? I’m still dreaming of a larger Steinway ... well, at least it is not the dreaded mid-life crisis Corvette! ... am so glad I don’t have a love affair with cars!). I can categorically say that re-learning the piano has been the most authentic choice I’ve made, unfettered by external expectations and rewards. It reminds me of moments when as a child I could get engrossed in an activity for hours at a time, not caring whether what I am doing leads to anything of value. As adults, I think we have lost that sense. I now play the piano for its own sake, and reading your posts here at the ABF reasserts that for me. :-)

Anyway, just wanted to share this passage by the poet Rumi to all of you adult learners and re-learners of the piano:

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

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Originally Posted by lyricmudra
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”


Love this


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Wonderful post, lyricmudra! Thanks.

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Originally Posted by ClsscLib
Wonderful post, lyricmudra! Thanks.


+1. Very wise insight, lyricmudra. :-)


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Wonderful post, lyricmudra! Thanks.


+1. Very wise insight, lyricmudra. :-)


And to go off topic -- CebuKid, I've watched a number of your Joplin videos on YouTube -- they're fantastic! Thanks so much for putting those up.

If any of the rest of you haven't seen those videos, I recommend them highly -- great stuff!


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Very nice post indeed lyric. Changing and getting to know myself its something that i have to do constantly. Playing piano is like that, a never ending journey.

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Originally Posted by lyricmudra

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”


Which reminded me of

"...but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now" (Dylan)


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Well said Lyricmudra.

When we are very young everything is new and it's difficult to determine the important from the non important due to lack of experience and many other factors. As we age we are better able to sift through everything and find the little flecks of gold here and there. You, myself, and those who participate on this forum have found a big nugget, not just a fleck, and we are all very fortunate.

The piano is gorgeous! I too am a Kawai owner and very happy with the instrument. BTW... which came first... the piano or the piece of art? The artwork so perfectly compliments the piano and vice versa I was curious. Everything blends so nicely including wall color and rug that it appears someone has decorating talent.

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Originally Posted by cmbaj
Very nice post indeed lyric. Changing and getting to know myself its something that i have to do constantly. Playing piano is like that, a never ending journey.


I get to know a lot about myself, too, when I am learning and playing the piano -- my desires, frustrations, how critical and how compassionate I am to myself. The piano becomes a microcosm of life itself, a mirror for the self. :-)

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Well said Lyricmudra.

When we are very young everything is new and it's difficult to determine the important from the non important due to lack of experience and many other factors. As we age we are better able to sift through everything and find the little flecks of gold here and there. You, myself, and those who participate on this forum have found a big nugget, not just a fleck, and we are all very fortunate.

The piano is gorgeous! I too am a Kawai owner and very happy with the instrument. BTW... which came first... the piano or the piece of art? The artwork so perfectly compliments the piano and vice versa I was curious. Everything blends so nicely including wall color and rug that it appears someone has decorating talent.


Very true, Cmajor! We are now much better at spotting those priceless flecks. :-)

Yes, I am very happy with my Kawai as well. I just had it tuned yesterday and the piano technician said he loves the action. The piano has been so stable that it took about a year or so before I called the technician to come.

Thanks for the compliment! LOL. The wall color initiated it all six years ago. The rug came shortly after. Then there was a couch on that spot. The artwork arrived about three years ago and the piano bumped off the couch last year. That couch moved to another wall where my digital used to nest. I traded in the digital when I bought the piano. :-)

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Started my music endeavor 4 yrs ago when I turned 60 cause I wasn't smart enough when I was younger. Better late than never. Crisis is when you get divorsed!

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lyricmudra - I too just looked at your piano photos - a beautiful piano in a beautiful room.


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About fifteen years ago, I was undergoing more surgery for abdominal tumors, down to 80 lb, and I said if I ever get well, going to try to play piano as much as possible.. I had majored in music in college but even though still loved it, had sort of let it slip/slide over the years, what with life getting in the way. Always been an "old soul", so hitting 50 next week doesn't really bother me (okay, maybe a little bummed out). frown Just want to play now what I'm really crazy about playing and have the most fun with - cocktail piano music (which covers just about everything, I think). I love other styles, such as classical, but still basically stink at it comparatively. Oh well... Enjoying reading all the inspiring stories here! thumb smile

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lyricmudra - I too just looked at your piano photos - a beautiful piano in a beautiful room.


Thanks so much, CaptainKawai!! I hope you are enjoying your Kawai, too. :-)

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