I practiced the piano today. That may not sound like a big deal but I cannot remember the last time I was able to sit down and really practice, advanced music. I worked on music by Ravel, Chopin, and Bolcom. In college I spent about 4 hours a day at the piano and I expect 1-2 from my students. I have been so afraid of the pain I'd feel if I played that I quit playing, the advanced repertoire that is.
My sister-in-law sent me a link yesterday that compelled me to get back to the piano.
It's the story of Byron Janis using the power of his mind to deal with his Psoriatic Arthritis. He has been playing through the pain since 1973. So today I decided to power up my mind and play the piano too. Only my right pinky finger hurt. I can deal with that.