I was in London last week for a graduation ceremony for the London Real Business Accelerator…wasn’t sure I was going to attend, until I considered bringing my djembe for some spontaneous public jamming. Literally the instant the thought came to mind I began searching online for affordable airfare. I’m still working to understand my need for public drumming, but I think the picture is becoming clearer lately. Drumming has been key to my recovery from suicidal depression and anxiety, and I’ve seen it lift many people out of the depths of despair, one funky rhythm at a time. Drumming is a way for me to share my innermost feelings with others, helping them heal from whatever it is that ails them. This can happen with complete anonymity; someone suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia or any of a host of diseases can feel the healing power of drumming without having to reveal anything they’re not comfortable with revealing. For me, bringing my drum to London and lugging it all over town (walking and riding the tube, which meant navigating multiple sets of stairs, escalators, etc.) just for the purpose of playing for a few hours was a no-brainer. Deep down, I knew this was my way of thanking London, nay all of England, for everything it had already given me in my life, a short list of which would include: The London Real Business Accelerator and all of the amazing entrepreneur friends it has brought me
The Rolling Stones
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Multiple books by Bill Bryson
Monty Python and all of its alumni
Gerald Durrell I could go on and on…suffice to say that it would be hard to count all of the ways that the UK and its people have enhanced my humble life...
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