I play an instrument, something that is extremely important to me and which I draw a lot of meaning and enjoyment from. I’m lucky in that I’m also in a good band with good friends and we’re able to develop what I consider to be some original work.
The issue is I’ve developed some repetitive strain injury for which I’m receiving therapy to fix. The therapy has helped but I’m constantly hampered by recurring pain. While it doesn’t hinder my ability to play I was told to stop playing my instrument whenever the pain is present, and that is a hindrance. This, when combined with stories of how these things can end playing careers, has had me really upset and depressed these past few months. While my therapist reminds me that I am still perfectly capable of playing my instrument I can’t seem to stop worrying about losing the ability to play (although it hasn’t been too bad this past week).
While there are other less physical instruments I can play I still prefer the one I play…it’s what I’m passionate about.
So how should I deal with this potential loss (especially since my therapist has told me I can and should still play to build endurance, and since she’s also told me I can still play despite my condition)?