Of Cello’s and Yarn
Yesterday I heard one of the most inspiring interviews I have ever heard. The Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has had to retire due to a herniated disc in his neck making it impossible for him to hold the bow with any strength. So a man who’s life has been music and has practiced 6 hours daily and been playing since the age of 5 and been performing professionally for 40 years is having to give up what is the centre of his life.
He of course looked at surgery options but decided due to risks and possible out comes he wouldn’t go that route. What was inspiring about the interview was it was obvious how devastated he was but the fact he had such an outlook on things he could do. He has not decided what he wishes to do next but he knows he has opportunities he hasn’t even thought about. The whole interview wasn’t about what he can’t do now but what he can do.
He is rightfully proud of his career and his music and I had the pleasure of seeing him perform once. We can learn a lot from adversity from things that we are no longer able to do because they can give us new horizons and access to things we didn’t know we could do.
I like hearing stories like this. I like people who refuse to wallow in their own misery and realise what a gift life and talent is and make the most of what they have got at this time. We all get old things change our abilities and needs change but there are always things we can do. As an example my wife is long term ill and has been bedbound for years as much at times it’s hard and she gets understandably upset about the things she can no longer do. She though has found a thing she can do that she never considered before. She now is an avid and obsessive crocheter. It’s not something she may have considered before but to me it shows there’s always something. If you want to check out my Wife’s work follow the linky HERE
I’ll leave you with Julian Lloyd Webber performing Elgar. The only word I have is beautiful.