Let’s be honest: we often take important things for granted, despite our best intentions.
Being deprived of something that has become a regular, expected part of life can bring us to a screeching halt. Despite the immediate inconvenience, there can also be a silver lining.
For example, I recently lost my voice — NOT a good thing for someone who works in radio! However, there was a positive aspect to my imposed silence: music. I normally listen to a lot of music, as you’d expect. And while I do listen for pleasure, a LOT of my music listening is for my work on Sunday Baroque. But during my laryngitis, I listened to more music and more varied music than usual. What a pleasure it was to reconnect with music that had migrated to the bottom of my usual playlist, and to reconnect with the practice of listening to music purely for pleasure.
It’s a great reminder that we need not wait for the inconvenience of an involuntary deprivation to be mindful of things we care about, and to reconnect with semi-forgotten things we enjoy that might be outside our established daily routines. I look forward to making more time to listening to music for pure fun. (And I look forward to getting my voice back!)