The 2016 Summer Olympics start in one week. Talk about some hurdles...
One of the most exciting events in each of the Summer Olympics is the high jump.
These athletes literally run and jump up over bars that are up to 8 feet high, with no help, and catapult themselves head first over the bar onto a mat that catches them on the other side...without touching the bar with any part of their body.
One of the most noted athletes who was also the first African American British high jumper was named Jack London. In the 1928 Summer Olympics, Jack London was awarded a silver and bronze medal for the high jump, being the first African American to accomplish such a feat in Britain.
After he retired from athletics, he went on to become a pianist! In fact, when he married years later, he listed his occupation as pianist, instead of athlete.
An Olympic medal winner turns pianist.
We so often think about how music helps us in other areas of our lives; such as problem solving, organizational skills, analytical skills, etc., I wonder how much we think about how those same other areas of our lives affect our music and help us grow as musicians.
Surely, Jack London knew a thing or two about hurdles and how to overcome them. In fact, he had to learn how to sail over his "hurdle" without even touching it.
That is a lovely image in the sense that it shows us that we don't have to engage as much with our challenges as we think we do, and maybe the goal is to soar over them, instead of hitting the top of them as we try to navigate over them.
What areas of your life have presented you with hurdles that you've overcome?
In any of these types of situations and many others, we learn skills that we don't realize we do. Such as:
And from this...comes confidence, growth, joy, and success.
What Hurdles are You Jumping Over in Your Piano Playing?
The hurdles are there, we may not always see them as such, though.
They are there, to show you how high you can jump. :)
Some of them might be:
Do any of these sound familiar? They are common in all areas of our lives, not just in our piano playing.
The smaller details are different in relation to the specific area of our life we are concentrating on; but in the big picture, the emotions and the energy are the same.
Look at the big picture when you are working on sailing over these hurdles, no matter what area of your life you find them in.
The beautiful thing is, is that you can do the same thing with your piano playing.
The hurdles that you overcome in your practicing and performing will teach you how to overcome them in any area of your life. They really...are teachers.
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