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The Saturday Morning Test

The Saturday Morning Test
By Jeeyoon Kim  • Issue #32 • View online
Hello friends!
One of the most fortunate things about my life has been that I’ve always known what the passion of my life is. I don’t remember consciously choosing the piano when I was 4 years old, but I remember loving going to a piano institute every day, being that musical kid on the block. For me there wasn’t any moment in my life when I’d doubt that interest. I remember one occasion when I was a high school freshman and my dad said, “In this world it would be much easier for you to make a living as a doctor or a pharmacist than a pianist. You are a smart girl, you will make a good doctor too.” At that moment I remember loud and clearly in my head that there was no other way that I could be anything but a musician. I understand why he said that to me at least once in my youth, knowing the uncertainty of being an artist and making sure that I’d know what I am heading in for. If anyone knows the hardship of the path in the music world, it would be me. However, I didn’t choose it for being easy or difficult. I chose it as I knew that it was the way I could be true to myself. 
People often mentioned that they also wish they knew what they wanted to do in their lives. As much as I am certain about what I love and it has been a focal point of my life, I doubt that anyone knows exactly what they want to do with their entire life. I find that what is more important for us is to be aware and listen to ourselves constantly through our lives and be able to navigate to our most authentic selves with deep listening throughout our lives. Neil Pasricha, the author of The Happiness Equation, talks about a question to ask to find your passion and check in with yourself often, which is a reason to get out of bed in the morning. He calls it the Saturday morning test: 
“What do you do on Saturday morning when you have nothing to do?”
Do you like gardening? Do you go to the gym? Do you play the guitar? Do you bake bread? I am sure there will be hundreds of possibilities. When you think about answering this simple question, take your time and answer it out loud. The answers might change day to day, but I find that they might give you various directions in which you can follow opportunities naturally drawn from the answers. This search doesn’t have to yield professional work, simply keep it as a hobby. But if you want to create something new as your work, I am sure that this knowledge will make you happier by living your life with what you love to be what you do. 
Dale Carnegie reminds us: 
“Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”
I hope this can help you to enrich your personal and work life. If anything, simply do what you love more. Life is short. 
Have a wonderful week! 💕

My favorite things this week
  1. An audio book - I’m listening to the book Designing Your Life. So far I love it and find it to be a great inspiration. 
  2. My book for reading at airports - Last week was my first time flying since the publication of my book Whenever You’re Ready. Nowadays for me airport bookstores are (sadly…) about the only time to browse books at physical bookstores. I loved seeing my book in the new publication section at Terminal 2 of the San Diego airport, and spotted a person who was browsing books to read on the plane right next to the section. I quietly approached her and asked if I could gift her a book, pointing to my book on the shelf, mentioning that I am the author and I really want to buy this book from the airport bookstore, but I don’t need it myself. She excitedly said ‘YES!’. I don’t know her name nor where she was flying, but I knew she was with me in the spirit reading the book on a plane. I hope she enjoyed it. 
Do you see where my book is?
Do you see where my book is?
My favorite Music This Week
Kreisler-Rachmaninov "Liebesleid" (Love`s Sorrow) Karen Kornienko, piano
Kreisler-Rachmaninov "Liebesleid" (Love`s Sorrow) Karen Kornienko, piano
I didn’t know about this piece until one of my students mentioned it as one of the more famous pieces in Japan because it was used as a theme song in an anime and he wanted to learn it. I can see why this would work beautifully with that genre. 
Quote of the Week
“The act of listening is not to hear what someone says but to hear how they feel.” -Bob Chapman
Tweet of the Week
Jeeyoon Kim, pianist
Exciting to announce the next upcoming concerts in 2021-22 season. Any of cities close to you?
This Week's Video to Highlight
What is like to carry your own instrument and practice in the woods? 😆
What is like to carry your own instrument and practice in the woods? 😆
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Jeeyoon Kim

Hi, I am Jeeyoon, classical pianist, educator, author, 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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