How Beethoven’s Deafness Can Unlock Your Unstoppable Spirit

What Can We Learn about Resilience and Persistence from the Great Composer

Kristie Leong M.D.
ILLUMINATION

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Hands slick with hot sweat, I settled onto the piano bench, taking in the sleek black expanse of keys stretched before me. My heart pounded as I tried to steady my breathing.

Thoughts ricocheting around like “Do I really know this piece?” and “What if I mess up?” But all those worries melted away once my fingers touched the keys.

Closing my eyes, I began playing the first mournful notes. My fingers hesitating at first, stiff from anxiety. As the melancholic melody filled the hall, I forgot the audience, forgot my fears.

I lost myself in the ebb and flow of the music, expressing through the keys the song’s quiet despair slowly building into defiant hope. Such is the power of Beethoven.

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Kristie Leong M.D.
ILLUMINATION

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