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 Sunday, August 15, 2021, I was honored to gather with violin colleagues from Levine Music's Adult String Retreat and Adult Chamber Orchestra. We played pieces that we previously learned via Levine Music, recorded a selection to share with our Instructor, and concluded the afternoon by performing solos. It meant so much to be included in this experience.
It was powerful to come together to make music on our own time while providing support and encouragement to each other along the way. We have overcome so much to get to where we are today. We have unique careers, passions, and overall life experience. What we all have in common is our love of the violin.
As I have mentioned, my journey to resume playing the violin has taken a lot of time, energy, and dedication. There are instances where I wonder whether I have the bandwidth to continue. Playing together, trading personal stories, and making plans for our musical future was just what I needed to keep pushing forward. The strong sense of comradery filled my soul.
Melanie Elizabeth Bates is an attorney and consultant based in Washington, D.C. The views expressed here are her own.