Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Music decompression smile


You know how astronauts, when they come back to earth, need a period of time to adjust to their normal lives again? Though I haven’t been orbiting the earth that’s how I feel now that I’m back in Michigan after twelve lovely days in the sun.

Not to say there’s never any sun here. But it seems to be rare. And it hasn’t stopped snowing since we arrived home. Today the windchill temperatures will be in the single digits, and the driveway needs to be cleared of last night’s snow. Perhaps we can just wait until it melts sometime in April.

I’m still battling the major cold I got while I was out there enjoying the sun. I’m not blaming Arizona for my cold, I figure I got it on the plane ride home from Washington DC the week before. I almost always get some sort of sniffle after I fly, but this one is a doozy.

I’ve been taking over the counter drugs every four hours for more than a week. The cough is low in my chest and the tickle in my throat is constant. I should buy stock in Kleenex and my nose is raw.

I’m pretty miserable.

We took the red-eye flight home from Phoenix on Sunday night. Our plane left at midnight and we arrived in Detroit at 5:00 a.m. By the time we got our luggage and got out to the car we were looking at driving home in rush hour traffic. Yep, that was fun.

I got a couple of hours of sleep at home, then went to pick up the Princess from camp. I hoped that she would be exhausted from all the fun she had and we could all settle down to a long winter nap.

I was wrong.

So anyway, by the time Tuesday night’s community band rehearsal came around I was really dragging. And I still couldn’t breath well, was still taking drugs to function. And I hadn’t practiced in almost two weeks. I really wanted to stay home.

But have I told you that we have a concert in one week?

So I went, not expecting to be able to stay the entire two hours. Uncertain if I could even play. And guess what?

The music filled me up with such peace. Even the hard parts. We didn’t sound too bad, and though there are definitely places we each need to work on before next Tuesday, some of the time we sounded quite beautiful. And my head cleared and my throat stopped hurting and I only coughed once.

That’s the power of music.

So this is a long post to relay a simple idea. If you’re feeling down, emotionally or physically, if you’re stressed and tired and worn out, if you need to get through another cold, dark, snowy day, well…play some music. Whether it’s on the radio, or your mobile device or an actual instrument or your very own voice, play some music.

It’ll make you smile. And that’s the first step to feeling better.


Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

33 thoughts on “Music decompression smile

  1. . . . and we smile with you!


  2. Music always clears my head if there are too many things going on. I like to work with my music going, energizes me every time.


  3. I agree, music is often a “cure-all”. Glad that the trip went well, even if the return is a bit of a downer.

    For some reason the ping-back didn’t work, so I found this going through my Reader.


  4. Reading this definitely made me smile. I started out frowning (your cold sounds awful)….but got the to music part and smiled at the ending. Feel better, Dawn.


  5. Hear, hear! Great advice and so easy to do. Hoping you’re feeling better now, both in body and spirit.


  6. Wonderful smile and I’m sorry you got sick and am hoping you are much better now. I agree, music heals your heart and soothes the soul, among other things! 😃


  7. Amen to this! Our concert is in about a week, too, and I know what you mean — there are plenty of places for each of us to work on before the event, but there are lots of places as well that sound amazing. Music is always uplifting! Here’s hoping you feel better real soon — just looking at the beautiful Princess on your header makes me smile!


  8. Music does soothe the soul!


  9. I need to post that on my refrigerator….listen to music! Ok, done. 🙂 I might steal your idea and blog about this too. Music is so very important.


  10. I get earworm sometimes withou listening to music 🎶 Hope you cold is gone.


  11. Returning home after a few days in the sun has to be a downer, but returning to something you love is smile worthy, for sure!


  12. Music is such a pick me up lift me up. Hope you are feeling better soon- I have been fighting a cold for 4 weeks, it just doesn’t want to quit!


  13. Glad the music made you feel better. Dad came home sick from work Friday. He only worked half the day. He got a ton more sleep than usual. We got word that puppies are expected in late Spring. We are keeping our fingers crossed.

    Gemini & Dog Dad


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  15. Hello Dawn, I’m visiting from the weekly smile link-up. Music is a powerful healer and mood changer. I hope you’re back to good health this week and your concert goes well.


  16. I so agree with you. Music is healer. I hope you are well now.


  17. Hope you feel better soon, sometimes just getting out and doing things we love makes us feel better! Pat Katie for me!


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