Yesterday I listened to a podcast episode about the benefits of living an adventurous life. The entire episode was really interesting, but what stayed with me was this idea, which I’m paraphrasing:
When you spend time indoors, your thoughts, issues and problems are confined to the four walls of the room you’re in. But when you go outside, those things are no longer confined. You can let them go and give yourself the space needed to find clarity.
Those words hit me like a ton of bricks.
Today I want to tell you a quick story about how I came dangerously close to burning out my very first summer as a music therapist.
As a brand new professional and the first-ever music therapist in a school for children with multiple disabilities, I felt an immense amount of pressure to make a good impression and be incredibly effective.
The rainstick is one of those instruments I don’t bring out often, but when I do, it’s always a hit. We’ve been playing them in our Listen & Learn classes this past month, which means my “Rainstick Round” song has been put to good use.
The above image is — believe it or not — an accurate representation of my attitude as summer approaches. I have an intense love for this season, and it brings out my inner child (much to the approval of my own children!).
My inner child has never been one for long research and planning sessions, which always used to present a challenge when it came time to prepare for my summertime music therapy clients, groups, and classes. I always felt like I was flying by the seat of my pants in those settings because I was too busy enjoying the season to gather resources and plan properly.
Wasn’t I telling you about Parker starting part-time daycare just yesterday?
At least, it seems like just yesterday we were taking that big leap. But that was actually almost 4 years ago, when he was turning 18 months old. Now he’s approaching his 5th birthday, and kindergarten is on the horizon.