Most of us would give up, blaming a stroke of fate, before looking around for another career. But not Kyung Wha-Chung. The 66 year-old spent the past 10 years playing an imaginary violin and matched that with years of therapy, which she credits with keeping her on form and ready to perform again.
"For instance, after coming out of five years of not playing, and then to do the six unaccompanied Bach (sonatas and partitas), after not having played...I worked it out all in my head...with every possibility of bowing and so on," she told Reuters.
The extraordinary virtuoso will play her first London recital in a decade next month at the Royal Festival Hall.
And the upside which came from her inability: She feels free and light, relieved of excess baggage which was nowhere near as important than keeping her challenge in mind. She wanted to perform again. See full story at the Telegraph.
After hearing about Chung's success, I really believe I can do whatever I believe is right and good. I'll go on living as long as my husband needs me. I'll keep writing no matter how old I get. And most of all, I'll refuse to worry about my lack of attainment. How about you?