The End of a Year with “Seek”

Last year, the word “seek” seemed to be calling my name constantly. I resolved to “seek” after things that made me feel satisfied, that energized me, that settled a longing for “something.” I made “seek” my word for 2015. As I think back over the year, I’m not sure what I found! Well, I found plenty, but I’m not always sure that what I found was what I was seeking.

Perhaps the one thing that I did find was a reconnection with my music. I fell in love with the piano when I was about eight or nine years old. Mama bought a Cable-Nelson spinet and installed it in the living room (you know some houses had formal living rooms back then!). She was my first teacher before we found Mrs. Wessinger, who taught me until I finished high school. I could practice and play for hours, and I did not mind the hard work that went into that. I even thought I could major in music and become a concert pianist.

Those plans did not work out.

When a neighbor and friend gave me his piano a summer ago, I began playing after a LONG time away. I found that music filled an empty spot. During this year, I even engaged a piano teacher and resumed lessons. I was playing Chopin, Brahms, Beethoven, Debussey as I never played before. And I didn’t have to practice scales, arpeggios, or technical exercises before I played the pieces.

I also found a “family” of colleagues with whom I enjoy working. Maria and Kim and Antoinette and I are a “sisterhood” so to speak. We support each other and encourage each other. We laugh and share and have fun. Our students often think we’ve lost our minds when we have music battles before classes begin at 9:00 a.m., but we don’t care!

I am finding my artistic side as well, seeking to discover what I can do, instead of what I can’t. I may never be a da Vinci, but at least the last face I attempted to draw actually looked like a human face instead of a sketch for the latest horror movie mask!

And I am seeking ways to create community through photography. This one is a toughie, though, and it has been hard to figure out the ways to do that.

Now, it is time to choose another word for 2016. I will have to give that some thought.


It’s not a huge list (yet), but it’s a start.

By Olivia Fulmer

I am the OliviaIrene of OliviaIrene Photography. I am a photographer, a teacher, a story teller. I use this space to tell stories of life, family, and faith through words and images. I'd love to share your stories as well. Join me in this journey.

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