He was a famous German composer.
I was a young girl with an ear problem.
And it didn’t matter how many Smarties I was given, I still hated having my ears syringed.
The worse thing was, I really loved to play music. I played the recorder in the school assembly and took violin lessons.
It was not so much the performing that I loved, but the language of music. It was like a secret code.
I still remember even now the complex musical symbols, notes and signs.
But how could I be a musician when I could barely hear a thing?
I confided in my GP.
He told me about Beethoven. How despite going deaf at age 26 was one of the greatest composers who ever lived.
I was re-inspired.
And although I never did go on to become a great musician.
I did go on to compose and play in my own orchestra of life.
And my hearing issues did eventually get better.
All because a kind doctor took the time to give me encouragement and optimism.
Did someone inspire you as a child to carry on against all the odds?
Were you told an inspirational story that gave you strength and changed your life?