Pause

 

I inhale deeply, as I try to take in the new foreign sights, smells and sounds. It is amazing how such a simple act of sighing can lead to such a profound sense of release. Having been so deconditioned from completing piano exams, I finally feel that I am slowly starting to regain other parts of myself. Even my breathing had become stunted. Neglected sensations initiate uncertain entrances. Now overseas, I retreat to comforts far away from my piano, and even further away from my trials.

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The rush of the past few weeks has scarcely allowed me to pick my new pieces. What a chore to pack! Nevertheless, I reap the benefits now, the reward doubled by the completed grade.

With another sigh, I lie back to relax and close my eyes. As I do this, I become aware of my thoughts racing in all directions, like a ship without a mast. Even in safety, I still feel overwhelmed. I continue to breathe deeply, hoping to find some clarity in my endeavours.

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