Why Beethoven Became the Greatest Musician Despite Being Deaf

Have you ever touched a piano? Pianos are musical instruments that can heal your soul with beautiful sounds and peaceful melodies.

Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Frederic Chopin are famous musicians who orchestrated grand symphonies beneath the sun, moon and stars. Ludwig van Beethoven is my favorite pianist who inspires me because this man was completely deaf when he composed his greatest masterpiece, the Symphony №9 in D minor. When Beethoven’s health declined during the last fifteen years of his life, he could no longer hear his own music — but his inner fire was so powerful that he still arranged a magnificent symphony that would encourage future musicians around the world. He was stubborn. He was “crazy.” He was “a lunatic” — but Beethoven still influenced classical music as a deaf man because he had enough courage in his heart to transform his weakness into a strength. Every person in his village felt pity for him because they thought he was “a miserable, old man” who falls in the mud — but Beethoven became a champion who continued to stand on his own two feet because he learned to adapt.

Our world’s very first piano was invented by an Italian man named Bartolomeo Cristofori during the 1700s. Before the piano emerged in Europe, many musicians played another instrument called a harpsichord. Cristofori decided to invent the piano after he noticed that the harpsichord’s large white keys were too weak and flat to play intricate melodies and sharp arpeggios. The piano’s black keys create more depth and rhythm for songs.

Every piano has 52 white keys and 36 black keys. The white keys represent the musical tones A, B, C, D, E, F and G — while the black keys represent half-step intervals known as sharps and flats. Together, the black and white keys create harmonious music that can soothe your mind and heal your heart — especially during difficult situations when you feel anxious about your life.

When we become young adults, we start to suffer from painful anxiety that weakens our hearts because we secretly fear that our flaws and mistakes become visible to the world as we learn to survive without our parents. As much as you try to remain calm on the streets, you might suffer from self-destructive thoughts as you think:

I am stupid.”

“I am a failure.”

“I never do anything right.”

“No one will ever love me.”

“I am a loser.”

“I will never accomplish anything in this life.”

“I am never strong enough to handle this challenge on my own.”

Insecurity can be a painful burden in our souls when we aim to be successful people in this world — but we still feel like “pathetic, tiny children who pretend to be adults.” Since we are too ashamed to admit that we still feel lost and confused about our lives, we just smile and pretend that everything is fine — even when our lives are secretly falling apart and our insecurities continue to burn in our minds like deep, painful secrets.

What causes Insecurity? Insecurity often emerges from three different circumstances:

- Past challenges (difficult childhoods and dysfunctional families)

- Current problems (career troubles and financial instability)

- Future fears (health concerns and existential crises)

If your Insecurity comes from a past challenge, repeat after me:

“My past circumstances never define who I am, because I am only defined by the lessons that I learn from my past.”

If your Insecurity comes from a current problem, remember these words:

“Rather than let my fears and doubts overpower my mind, I must let my mind overpower my fears and doubts.”

If your Insecurity comes from a future fear, look inside your soul:

Your heart already knows the answer. You just have to silence your pride so your heart can speak to you.

Your soul is like a piano. There is more good in you than bad, like a piano that has more white keys than black keys. The white keys represent your strengths while the black keys represent your flaws. Your soul has more depth when you learn to orchestrate your discordant, chaotic emotions into a steady rhythm where your heart and mind harmonize together.

Although you might be tempted to ignore your flaws, you must learn to embrace your imperfections because every mistake contributes to your self-growth.

The black keys play music too, friend. The black keys play music too.

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