Thursday, January 15, 2009

Musical Cares

I'm making a film for patients and families about palliative care. My friend Carla is shooting it and I'm interviewing people. Today was the second day of shooting and when I woke up this morning, I felt that unmistakable feeling of anticipation and excitement.

This is the beginning of my new life! So much to learn! On the way to the interview I put on an Oldie station and when they began playing the Doobie Brothers, I felt just like I did in high school: young, excited with my whole life before me.

I'm no longer "young", but I still have my whole life before me, it's just that statistically it's a lot shorter than it was when I was a teenager. That and the fact that it's a little harder for me to get up from a squat.

But back to the music--it was absolutely energizing and invigorating. I listened to Carole King, the Beatles, Three Dog Night, James Taylor, the Doors! And as I rocked out, I felt that anything was possible.

So my suggestion: if you want to start anew, find the music from the time in your life when you felt the most freedom, promise and excitement. Play that while reminding yourself, "Today is the beginning of my New Life!"

Do this until you feel excited about your life even when you are not playing the music.

Happy New Year!