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Sunshine for Health

Sunshine for Health
By Jeeyoon Kim  • Issue #10 • View online
Hello friends!
Last week I got my first blood test result back and it turned out that my vitamin D level was 12 (which apparently is in the sphere of severe deficiency). The doctor asked me if I had been living in a cave for years, and I joked that mine was called ‘living with a piano’. On a serious note, I was surprised to hear that and had no idea at all (even though internally I guess I knew that I hadn’t gotten a dose of sunshine for a while). Having two broken toes probably didn’t help this either. So I decided to take sun for 15 or 20 minutes a day, being more mindful of foods and supplements containing vitamin D.
The other side
To be better equipped for this notion I researched the topic of vitamin D, the side effects of its deficiency, and how to get better. Then I discovered that exposure to the sun could lead to skin cancer and overdose of vitamin D could cause problems like kidney failure on the other side of the spectrum. Lack of it is a problem, overdose is also a problem.
A thought
These findings made me think about any decision in life and finding a balance. It is ultimately my choice to find a way of finding that balance. Certainly we all have that intuition if we learn to listen to it. There are always two sides of any situation and we can never be happy if we only worry about the side effects of the path we choose. The key is to be mindful of the two extremes of any given choice, make a decision that we’ll be happy with, and have a system that will tell us that we are not too far off. I can’t wait to get another blood test in about 4 months to see if I am on a better track for this.
What about you?
What is something you are trying to find a balance in? What is your monitoring system that tells you that you are on the right path? I hope that whatever it be, you are listening to your intuition to measure the balance. 😉
💕 Have a great week!

This Week on Journey Through Classical Piano
'10 More Minutes' by Jeeyoon Kim
My favorite things this week
  1. A book- Jonathan Livingston Seagull written by Richard Bach. I finally got a chance to read this classic short story. So much wisdom and so many moments to ponder throughout. If I were a seagull, I would have loved to work on flying like the main character Jonathan and see how far I could fly and how different flights I could take for another possibility. “Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.” ― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  2. A live performance - I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I played the first note in a live performance with real people in the space. I had the first performance since February and it was like finally drinking a cup of cold water in the desert. It was a safe, intimate, cozy, luxurious, and VVIP setting for only 10 people in the space. I loved it. I will surely be back. 
The first live performance since February
The first live performance since February
My favorite Music This Week
HAUSER - Piano Concerto No. 2 (Rachmaninov)
HAUSER - Piano Concerto No. 2 (Rachmaninov)
The cellist Hauser is a musician who does both mainstream classical pieces and pop music crossovers. An expressive performer for sure. This cello cover of the second movement of the piano concerto by Rachmaninov makes me think about the phrasing of this piece differently. So lyrical and romantic. I happily accept him stealing piano music for cello to give me fresh perspectives.
Quote of the Week
Whatever the problem, be part of the solution, Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles. -Tina Fey
Tweet of the Week
Jeeyoon Kim, pianist
Looking forward to be a part of @ArtsMidwest and @westarts virtual conference next week! Feel free to connect with me in the chat via virtual conference or visit my booth via Namus Classics. Together, we make a difference, continuing making music. 🎶
This Week's Video to Highlight
Are you also reluctant to directly mark an original score like me? Share some of your methods.
Are you also reluctant to directly mark an original score like me? Share some of your methods.
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Jeeyoon Kim

Hi, I am Jeeyoon, classical pianist, educator, podcaster and YouTuber from US, originally from South Korea. I am passionate about creating a classical music more relevant and friendly to everyone, creating a bridge between me and audiences, and sharing behind the scenes of a life of classical pianist. I write bi-weekly newsletter with some thoughts, life lessons and interesting articles I discovered during those weeks.

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