I played guitar for almost as long as I can remember and I definitely didn’t see myself doing anything else with my life. Call it talent or skill, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up from a very early age.
And I was happy playing guitar for nearly 30 years straight. More than the concerts and the bands I got to be a part of, I loved the peacefulness I felt when playing. It was me, the melody, and the instrument. Nothing else mattered. I didn’t pay much attention to the first sign of joint pain. Stubbornly, I thought it would pass after taking a few pain killers, and kept on playing as much as I used to.
The more I played and ignored the pain, the worst it got. Eventually, the time came for me to make an option between continuing to play or teaching. I never thought of myself much of a teacher but at least I got the chance to be close to guitars.
The first weeks were frustrating for me and the students. I didn’t have any patience and I rejected most of the students labelling them as untalented and lazy. Who would have the patience to go through classes with someone like me?
I wanted to go back to playing but I wasn’t finding the right medicine to help me with joint pain as effectively as I wanted until my neighbor asked me if I had heard of the organic Chaga benefits. Considering my blank stare, she explained to me that she drank this wild Chaga mushroom tea every day for its anti-inflammatory properties and it had been the best thing to ever happen to her arthritis. Completely organic and truly effective.
Well, I decided to try it for a month to see what happened. It’s been three months now, the joint pain is gone, I went back to playing regularly and I feel better than ever. I also kept teaching the only student who was stubborn enough to stick around. The kid has talent and I see a lot of myself in him.