According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of regret is to feel sad or sorry about something that you did or did not do. In high school, I quit the violin. This blog series is about my journey to resume playing. To read the entire series, please visit www.melaniebates.net/blog.
On December 16, 2020, after a 15+ year hiatus, I performed in my first recital since returning to the violin. Given the pandemic, the performances were prerecorded and displayed virtually via Zoom. I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from my family and friends. My heart was filled with gratitude. This experience has propelled me to continue my journey as a musician with more confidence and focus. You can watch my performance below beginning at 16 minutes and 30 seconds.
Melanie Elizabeth Bates is an attorney and consultant based in Washington, D.C. The views expressed here are her own.