Talking to Friends is Such a Beautiful Thing

Are You A Talker or A Listener?

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No matter who you are it is such a wonderful thing to talk to people. During a pandemic phone conversations are essential. Talking to someone can really brighten their day. Especially if you are talking to someone who lives alone or even if they are married. They need someone to talk to as well. So please don’t be afraid to talk to someone on the phone.

Why Is it Important to Talk?

As human beings we really do like human interaction. We like to laugh and tell stories and listen to people’s advice. Although it can be difficult at times to connect to people if you are home, it is so worth it. It can seem like a waste of time but it’s really not. It’s important to use our voices to communicate our thoughts and feelings. Having a human to connect with is essential for humans to thrive. Also speaking is a skill which must be cultivated.

But, I Don’t Have Any Friends

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That might be true that you don’t have friends but there is usually someone you can text and just say hi. Then if you feel comfortable asking them if it’s OK to call them. If you are having a difficult time, you can tell them you are seeking counseling and if they would be interested in talking to you. It really does help if you can meet people from a church. All you have to say is you want to talk about Jesus and they will come talk to you in a hurry. Now it doesn’t have to be Christianity but I’m just saying you can find friends in Churches. Don’t be afraid to reach out. Plus once you start talking to your friend then you realize they are going through challenging times too and you know you aren’t alone.

So What Should I Talk About?

Do you ever feel like you don’t know what to say to someone? When you talk do you know how to start a conversation? Some suggestions are here:

  • How’s your summer going?
  • What have you been up to?
  • This pandemic is so weird, how are you doing?
  • I watched this really good movie, have you heard of this movie?

You get the idea. With these questions the conversation will start flowing. And then you will get a chance to talk too. It’s kind of like a verbal tennis match if it’s a good conversation.

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Picking Up The Phone Can Truly Save a Life

These are odd times and people may feel vulnerable. So talking to a friend can give them the hope and encouragement they need to make it through another day. It makes the difference between them feeling supported and connected to alone and sad. There are times to be alone and strong but there are also times when it’s great to connect and try to laugh if possible. There’s plenty to laugh at if you look for funny stuff.

Valeria is keeping it going during Pandemic 2020 although this photo was taken in 2019. She’s a piano student and enjoys singing and dancing. She also started a podcast. She encourages people to pursue their passions.

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A First Piano Recital

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Recently I have been receiving many questions about my experience with the piano.

My piano playing started as a child. We used to have a Baby Grand Piano, as my father was a pianist and a music teacher. He gave me lessons as a child around age 6. But I would play and then run around. He couldn’t get me to sit still and play. I did learn the C major scale and I had also been exposed to the treble clef. Not that I really knew how to read music but I knew FACE and EGBDF as the acronyms for the music notes. So I had been exposed to the piano prior to my first music lesson back in August of 2019.

I was already taking voice lessons but I decided to take up piano because I really wanted to develop my brain a little more. I felt that piano playing would keep me very engaged. But before I could actually take lessons, I had to get a piano.

How To Get a Free Piano

So I did what every unsure piano student does and sees if I can get a free piano. I found on-line it’s easy to find one but you have to get it back to your place. After I was able to have it delivered, I started taking piano lessons. I had to learn the treble clef and the bass clef. I think that makes the piano a little more difficult because of that but in any case I started to learn the treble clef first and just really drilling notes. I got flash cards and then I found an app that helped. My friend told me about it but it’s called Tenuto (I’m unaffiliated with them). And that really helped quite a bit.

But more than anything you just have to get to know the keys on the piano and then just start playing. Doing scales and playing very simple songs on one hand and then both.

I decided I wanted to learn how to play a piece by JS Bach because I didn’t care for the music in the beginning piano books. So I researched beginner pieces of music by JS Bach and Prelude 1 in C Major came up as a good piece for a beginner.

I really do enjoy playing the piano and I recommend it for everyone. There are many resources on line. The thing I like about it is that you can go up to a piano and then start tapping keys and making the most beautiful sound. It’s like, “How did that happen?” And then you get hooked on music and you want to hear that sound again. It’s just a wonderful feeling to play music.

Looking back now of course I wish I had studied the piano as a child but can’t go back now can we?

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Valeria is a music student. You can check out her Podcast about Peace and Cardio She enjoys singing and dancing. 

Why This Saying is Wornout But True: “Hurt People, Hurt People”

Hurt People, Hurt People Is An Annoying Saying

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If you have ever been to any support groups and someone will say, “Hurt People, Hurt People.” And yes it’s true but whenever someone says it, you feel like telling them to STFU. It’s been said too many times and it’s just like not a good answer. All you know is a person hurt you and you want them to suffer A LOT for the terrible thing they did to you. And then when you realize all the stuff the Hurt Person had to deal with, it makes sense that they are so mean.

What Are Things You Can Do That Will Actually Help Change a Situation?

  • Making a plan is so therapeutic. You can write down what happened and figure out your next plan of action. Of course you can complain and cry and suffer endlessly or you can take all of that frustration and try to turn it into a workable plan for you. You can figure out how you can change things a little so you can start to create a better life.

  • For some reason getting up and moving around helps you to feel better. Start to clean up your physical environment, put away laundry, throw out trash, dust, pulling weeds will help you to accomplish something and you will feel better after you are done. It’s difficult to clean someone else’s mess. So why not focus on your own mess and let them clean up their own mess for a minute. You can help someone clean their mess but perhaps you have things you need to accomplish for yourself. There’s nothing wrong with helping others but make sure to take care of yourself too.
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Turn OFF Electronics!!!

I’ll let you marinate on this for a while. It’s your own call. Why don’t you pretend it’s 1994 and put your phone away and listen to the Radio, read a book, take a walk, draw, color, play an instrument and you got it!! For some reason technology is SOOOO draining. DUMP IT!!

How About Cooking Something?

It’s been a while but maybe try cooking something. Perhaps your favorite dish. That will make you feel better. For some reason Oatmeal Cookies just keep popping up… so let’s make some oatmeal cookies. Dig out a recipe to start. Then see what ingredients you need. It’s not that hard.

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Got Cardio

It’s a drag to do cardio but somebody has to do it for you so it may as well be you. It’s time to torch off that pandemic weight gain. You can do it!! Just start a little at a time and you’ll be back.

This will wake you up!!

TURN OFF NEWS

If you need to know something, someone will tell you. You might be traumatized by the news and or addicted to the drama associated with the news. You might need professional help or a support group.

That’s It For Now. Take care and Be Extra Nice To EVERYONE.

Valeria is a Mom and music student. She sings, plays piano and dances for fun.