How’s your job? Believe it or not, there’s a pretty good reason for asking a silly question like that, and I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t have something on a personal level to relate or compare it too!
Like many others I know, I’ve spent a major portion of my life working an assortment of “dead end” gigs in order to support the employment love of my life which is music and the performance of it. They haven’t been bad jobs, they were just me, lying to myself about what I really wanted to do and not having the confidence that I could actually do it!
In the last few years, I feel like I’ve struck a major vein occupation wise, by taking the necessary classes to learn the fundamentals of becoming a “music practitioner” and trying to learn that trade.
“Music Practitioner” (or the practice of) is quite simply sharing your ability to play or perform music for those who could use a “pick-me-up” in hospital rooms, hospices, or other venues where people (usually bedridden) will allow you play for them as a way of easing worries, calming fears, or in general, raising spirits and making this very unsettling time in one’s life a little more enjoyable and this portion of it at least, more bearable.
Lately, I’ve been taking a minute after each playing time to spend a moment asking the patient a little about themselves. Are they from this end of town? What brought them here etc.? That little “ice breaker” bit of conversation has been extremely positive, not only for the patients but for me as well! It seems that spending just a little bit of time in conversation between you and the person you’re trying to help has such a positive result, that by the end of the shift, no one leaves the hospital with a more positive attitude than yours truly! It’s a totally contagious thing and my most fervent wish is that there might be a way to bottle it and offer it to others!
The euphoria of my little dreamworld is usually interrupted by the babble you get to endure when you arrive home, turn on the TV, and the current crop of politicians show up with their latest and greatest load of soft and smelly they think they can sell you! Once again, like a moth to a flame you’re pulled in to the ridiculous sideshow that politics has become and you have to struggle to find the “OFF” button on that contraption that occupies so much of your time to preserve your sanity! It’s a cast of crazies and I try not to think about the possibility of a President Trump making Supreme Court nominations! Somehow, that thought doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence in me!
I know it sounds high minded and idealistic but somehow I wish I could take these people along when I play for patients just to see how precious life can be and how hard people fight to preserve it! Add to that, how happy it makes you feel when you’ve tried to help! If you could talk a politician into doing it, maybe they might spend a little more time using their brains before they put their mouths in gear and hopefully, the result might be a tiny smidgen of intelligence!
On second thought, maybe they could save us a bunch of money, do us all a favor, and become professional football coaches! That way, they could all stand around, talk about deflating each others balls and we wouldn’t be obliged to listen! Then, professional football, politics and porn could all be X rated, and you’d have to go into some little dark room somewhere to watch it or talk about it and leave the rest of us alone! What a concept!
So much for dreaming, here’s a little follow up about Alzheimer’s.
I saw something on the news this week about an experimental medicine being tested which might slow the deteriorating effects of the Alzheimer’s disease. I don’t know anything about it yet but I would gladly read any articles that anyone reading this post might come across. Just reply to this site if you find something and it would be greatly appreciated! Alzheimer’s is such a crippler that we need to use every asset we have to bring it to a halt!
Have a great week everybody.
Rod Taylor http://www.allaroundseniors.net