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EJ's Year in Review
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EJ-Kisz
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June 1, 2013 - 10:51 am
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Good Morning Everybody!

It's been a while since my last posts (which I do apologize for) and I figured that I was overdue for an update. I've recently changed my treatment plan for my back which leaves me either immobile or worn out with no "in-between." LOL  That hasn't stopped me from fiddlin' though!  

Over the past few months, I've hit two major milestones, my one year anniversary of playing violin and my one year anniversary of being a member of this forum!  A lot has happened since my first post in the "Introduce Yourself" topic!  And don't worry, I'll give ya'll the cliff note version!  wink

1. .......KIDDING! LOL

In all seriousness, I've learned so much from not only playing violin, but from this site.    I've learned not to give up at the first sign of struggle.  Often times in life, people never realize their full potential while searching for the easy path.  I've also learned that good friends are always willing to help if you are willing to ask for it.  I've come on this forum countless times with questions and frustrations and have been met direction, inspiration and even comic relief.  

Last year, my doctors told me that due to my spine injury, I needed to change my lifestyle and could never go back to the way things were without risking further injury.  At first, it was the hardest thing in the world to deal with.  But, you know what?  I would have never rediscovered the violin or this site and made a positive change in my life.  In reality, I didn't lose a lifestyle, I simply grew into a greater one.  

Now look at me.  I'm helping others with violin, I'm playing school presentations & living histories, I'm changing my own strings and hardware, I'm adding "extra's" to songs, I'm challenging myself with harder & harder material, I treat challenges like a 12 year old treats video games, I'm even writing music again!  I recently pulled out a symphony I started writing back in high school and actually added to it!  

If that was just year one, I can't wait to see what year two holds!  

Thanks everybody for your support, encouragement and all the laughs!  

~EJ 

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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suresh
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Congratulations EJKiszenia!  You have great mental strength.  We are happy to have you amidst us.  Keep fiddling, with an eye on your health.thumbs-up

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)

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Welcome back!

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EJ-Kisz
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Thanks guys!  They do say that music IS therapy!  Who would have thought that it also meant "physical therapy?" lol ;-)  

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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Hi EJ!

Welcome back.  I agree that music is therapy!  Lovely newsy post!

Fiddle on!!!!

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Nice to see You, Eric! =)laugh

And i really like your attitude! It's great to hear about constructive changes in your life! You are so right about not giving up! Sometimes things are very frustrating, but even frustration being put in the right direction can change the whole thing!

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EJ-Kisz
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June 6, 2013 - 6:41 pm
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Thanks Toni & Naska!!  

I figured since I gave an update at my 6 month anniversary, I owed it to myself and everyone for a one year one!  

One year=New Outlook on everything+Many new friends!  

And besides, "difficulty" is only temporary as long as you don't shy away from it! ;-)   

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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Fiddlerman
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June 9, 2013 - 10:57 am
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Very happy to see you back here. Perseverance is a virtue that will benefit you greatly in your advancement.

Thanks for your post.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Great to hear you are in a positive frame of mind Eric. Miss you here though we do keep in contact via Facebook

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It's actually funny, I'll check the forum everyday, but seem to miss the conversations! LOL  Most are well covered by everyone here! :D  

I'll just have to post from my iPad from now on instead of waiting to use my desktop pc!  

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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Well done, EJ!  I too always seem to miss the conversations here. Glad things are going well for you :)

 

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Worldfiddler said
Well done, EJ!  I too always seem to miss the conversations here. Glad things are going well for you :)

 

Mr Jim dancing

Thanks Mr. Jim!

Yeah, I seem to arrive 5 or 6 responses too late! LOL  It's still great to see that everyone is so willing to jump in and help others!  

I've been trying to be a little more proactive this past week.....just to catch up on all that I missed! :D    

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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