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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"Cause I saved a few and I keep them in a jar"


Jamie and I are both sick, which is a sign we were clearly never meant to be apart-- Getting sick was completely worth it, though.
As I anxiously lay in bed contemplating all the things I should (there's that word again) be doing, I've taken the time to think about what
I enjoy doing.
My time spent as music director for the Vokols changed my life in so many ways. I could have had the most miserable day, yet as soon as I sat on that piano bench, my problems seemed to disappear. My fingers came alive on contact with each key. Despite my stress and anxiety, I relaxed and softened as I played. I want to feel that way again.

As it's been noted, "You know Rebecca's mood by whether or not she's singing". It is undoubtedly true that when I'm happy or content, I will sing and when I'm in a foul mood, I won't. for a while I started writing lyrics & piano accompaniments. I'm not sure why I ever stopped; however, I could guess that my lack of confidence served as a primary reason.
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Yet another way to relieve stress is to cook--more specifically, bake. Though I can follow a recipe and prepare a dinner, there's just something about baking I find therapeutic. Perhaps it's because I used to have such a sweet tooth. Though recently I haven't been able to tear apart the kitchen, I hope to and look forward to time well spent over a hot stove.
Though I have many regrets about my past, perhaps the most detrimental decision I made was not to read. I never had the patience nor energy to sit and just read, for pleasure. Furthermore, I never understood how others could. I would search libraries and book shelves all over town looking for a book that might hold my interest. I felt that way until this past year-- Actually since I entered the hospital. All of a sudden, I was fascinated by books. I have always had a passion for learning, but I never conceived I could from books. I am quite embarrassed I never enjoyed reading, I feel not as cultured or knowledgeable about life, people and stories taught outside the classroom. I guess now, I am attempting to make up for lost time. (Plus, it's not a bad time to pick up some vocabulary skills, as I prepare for the GRE's.)
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Similarly, I have discovered a passion for writing. This blog has opened my eyes to the accomplishments I can achieve. Because I was never an avid reader, I never thought of myself as a competent writer-- in fact, I still don't. However, I love to write. There's such a satisfaction I feel  as I release my feelings, thoughts and emotions in a therapeutic and healthy manner. It has also helped settle my anger or frustration towards others in the past. I find that if I write a letter to a friend, boyfriend or family member, without sending it, I instantly feel relieved. You should try it sometime.
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Running outdoors (and nature in general) allow me to free myself from whatever I hold on to. It's as simple as pie (hehe). Fresh air and the release of endorphins does wonders for the body. I feel free in nature, I feel as though my clipped wings have suddenly grown out and I am able to fly. I recommend exploring the outdoors several times a week and note what it does for you.

There are a plethora of activities I enjoy, I just need to take the initiative to incorporate them back into my life.  My goal for today is to first and foremost, rest until I am better. I also want to focus on the enjoyments I find in life and compose and 8 week plan that will lead me back to Pitt.

"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look at the stars."- Henry Van Dyke

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  1. I'm so happy you've been rediscovering passions and interests. I also love to bake & cook, such a great way to express creativity! And I've started reading again too. I love getting lost in a good book.

    Enjoy your day lovie!
    xo Hannah

  2. What a beautiful post, beaming with the essence of genuine passion that is Rebecca. You are so talented and insightful, in so many ways--such an inspiration. I look up to you a lot!

    <3 I'd love to hear more of your writing.

  3. greatt picture of you & jamie...sorry you both have the swine :( whatever at least you had a wonderful weekend!
    [ps--i'm so glad i'm not the only one with hot flashes...]

    reading is the best thing ever i wish i had more time to do it during school, i really want to read wasted
    i have faith that youll get back to pitt re-realizing things you love to do is a huge step!
    rest up! xo

  4. Redescovering passions is a huge accomplishment. Makeup artistry is one of my passions.. so is writing.. Gymnastics used to be my number one.. and it probobly still would be if I had never gotten sick.. :(
    Piano is amazing. I played for seven years.. I can still rock out a mean christmas tune :) haha. but I'd love to hear your musical talents.

  5. Of course you love the piano too.

    Now, here comes the teacher:
    Your writing is going to improve with your reading. Many people don't realize how connected the 2 are and it's hard to be a good writer without reading. And, teachers frequently snuff out a love for reading my making it mandatory during class time.

    Ok, done. But I <3 you! AIM chat asap :)

  6. Oh hello gorgeous! Shoooo.

    This is a fabulous post! I am just like you with the singing thing. I'm always singing/rapping when I'm happy/content, but like over the weekend I was upset, I wasn't singing at all. So telling!

    The reading thing used to be a huge passion of mine, but now that we have to do so much of it for class, it becomes exhausting to do it for leisure. But it is sooo luxurious when you get into something really good!

  7. Ooh I can't sing for nuts!! But I love to listen to people sing!! And I think baking is incredibly therapeutic too although I haven't done much of it recently and in the Singapore heat, it isn't as fun. =(