Posted by Dave Gregory on Tuesday, September 8, 2015
I'm getting out of this Brain trauma ward tomorrow (Sept 9th) I've been here for about 2 months. I've learned a bit of stuff about brain damage, and most importantly, how awesome the people are who look after us after we are scraped off the road in our moments of being near death.
The one thing I've particularly learned about healing after such things is, ........ to some how remain in a positive mood, don't get stuck thinking about what you have lost, or any of those revenge-ing thoughts. Take it from me, I've been there, and done that. Only a good attitude will set you free.
I think for my own personal therapy I'll share with my BHO friends, and anyone else who may come across this page my efforts at learning to play the banjo again. I guess I'll appear as a total beginner, hopefully as the year goes on I may improve to the point of just sounding bad, as opposed to being just plain old Sh!##y at it.
The hard part for me, is knowing that I know how things should sound, as it is at this time, the fingers and arms just don't listen to what is left of my brain any more. I'll try my best to share with you all, the hopefully increasing skills I might develop, and keep a regular record of the progress through time. After about a year, it will become clear if I should "keep on picking" or maybe think of other things.
I'm hoping for the "Keep on picking" out-come, as that is something I have liked doing for so many of those misspent years of my youth. I'll also keep on seeing and listening to the music you all post for inspiration, and fun as I still tend to do, even from this place with only some IBM computers, and a Windows 7 system. I'm more of a mac user, so pardon the comment Windows people.
Thanx for the kind thoughts so far, please forgive me for adding some bad banjo playing to the internet in the future.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 @10:09:16 AM
Dave, I am very happy to hear that you will be discharged tomorrow. That is awesome news and I am very happy that you are back with us at BHO. You have a very positive attitude and having faith in your self means so much. I am sure you will overcome any obstacles and be picking and grinning soon!
Torben Pedersen Says:
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 @12:49:05 PM
Hi Dave. Glad to hear from you. And you are going back tomorrow. Just add some banjo playing...even you think it`s bad or good. It dosn`t matter. Have been thinking a lot at you, and even, it`s a long way from here to you, I`ll send you some warm and positive minds . Shure you will receive theme.
Richard McVicker Says:
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 @4:49:28 AM
Your comments "to some how remain in a positive mood, don't get stuck thinking about what you have lost, or any of those revenge-ing thoughts. Take it from me, I've been there, and done that. Only a good attitude will set you free". Sounds like you are on your way to recovery. One of the things that might help focus your positive mood is to Keep playing the banjo. I know when I use to come home from the law firm I would pick up the banjo and in 10 min. I would be relaxed and at peace.
Another thing that might change you view of your live is to see the movie "War room". I assume it is available in Canada. My thoughts will be on you in the next few weeks. Sounds like you are still here for a reason.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 @6:24:18 AM
Good story Dave. Really sorry for your bad experiences.
Thank you for all the positive comments, likes etc. over the years on my, and others music and video posts.
Maybe we can repay you a little.
Get well soon!
Dave Gregory Says:
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 @7:11:53 AM
Thanks for taking a moment Mr.Doug, Torben, Richard, & you RB4 David. It's no lie that moods fluctuate at times for me. I think that's how I've come to know so well the benefits of being in the right head-space. It's not always easy to escape from a slippery slope of dark thoughts. This evening I'll be rubbing my cats, at home, for the first time in a long time. and getting used to all the things I used to do. I have to go now and spend my last day with some of my physiotherapists. (possibly some of the nicest people I've meet in a long time) See you all later. Thanx again for the kind thoughts.
Thursday, September 10, 2015 @1:34:30 AM
I hope that you don't care about how you should sound. I know I play for myself and if anyone listens i don't much care. Its not about being best its about enjoying what you do. Your positive attitude inspires me. I hope that you continue to enjoy everything you can. Welcome back home.
Dave Gregory Says:
Thursday, September 10, 2015 @7:06:28 AM
Thanks for the encouragement Mr Rich, I'm not to worried about what any thing I'll be playing will sound like. I'll be embarking on an exploratory adventurer of playing a banjo from a much different reality than I ever expected to be in. Science is interesting, I'll try to keep a scientific outlook on how things will be going. I have a lot of variables to keep in mind, for example, . . . . Do I add cats to these videos or not, or, will the cats even give me the option of having cat free videos? I'm pro cat, so don't be surprised if some sneak into the experiments.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 @12:06:04 PM
Dave, I wish you the best in your recovery. You should think of the banjo as your physical therapy and keep on pickin' and grinning. Thanks for listening in on my video post which to me is a good example of sounding "Sh!##y" but I don't care what others think, I just do it because I love it. Again, best wishes! Pete from Bumpass, VA
Dave Gregory Says:
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 @4:28:47 PM
Hi Mr Pete, If you wish to maybe further see what real "sh!##y" might be, or sound like, just stay tuned, I'm sure to try again to upload another bit of video, chronicling my adventures at playing a banjo with just half a brain.
Your attitude is very good, as you say, we should be not caring what others think. Thanx for the good wishes, keep your tunes coming, I'll be listening for them.
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