Part of my mindfulness goals involve finding ways to do less. Be less busy. Be more intentional with how I spend my time.
Now my health is telling me the same thing. I've struggled with repeated sickness, a hoarse tired voice, and missing work for going on 5 months. I've been to the doctor, and eventually got a referral to an EMT.
He was delightful, gregarious and instantly sized me up with astonishing accuracy. "You are used to being able to do anything you want, and you aren't able to do that right now". He kept comparing my voice to Ferarri, in need of fine tuning.
Long story short, I have some small vocal nodes. He said it's nothing to be astounded by, and that someone who did not specialize in singers may not even had seen them. I also have some antibiotics to take to kick some minor sinusitis, and am supposed to call him back in a few days and let him know if I want allergy testing or a CT scan to determine if there is more making me unwell.
The message is loud and clear though. I need to be more conscientious about how I use my voice, and how I use my body.
I also received the first prescription I've ever heard of for voice lessons from a doctor.
Time to take care of myself and respect my instrument. And now, off to bed early.