The other night, I was invited by a friend to attend a Classical music concert featuring a piano trio, which also includes a violin and cello.
The musicians were masterful in their performances, and the music from the French romantic period was absolutely beautiful.
But for me, it was an eerily strange look into my own past, as I don’t often attend such events anymore despite the fact that the world of this type of music literally used to be my life.
You see, I was a violinist in a past life – but not necessarily in the way that you might think.
Many years ago, in a distant and far away time and another place, I was a musician who had spent many hours practicing and performing those very same pieces by Faure and Saint-Saens (although not nearly as masterfully!) that I was now enjoying from the audience.
You see, I have reincarnated since then.
The old version of myself that was immersed in the study of this now-almost-ancient art form, even earning a college degree in violin performance, had somehow died and was reborn into a new career, a new purpose, new surroundings, new ideas.
But yet, despite having moved on to another lifetime, that inner violinist still resides within me, that former version of myself.
That past life violinist is the voice of my inner perfectionist, always driving me to do more and become better.
She is the idealist and dreamer within me, the champion of preserving the “old ways” and the wisdom and beauty of the past.
And even though this life as a musician feels like a past life to me now, so many years later, my body didn’t have to die in order for me to change, evolve, and grow into the person that I am still becoming.
Even though I retired my trusty violin in 1998, which was in this lifetime, I feel as if I have been born and also died again several other times since.
I am sure most of you can relate, looking back at your past in this life that there are time periods or even eras that feel so far away that it is almost like a past life.
But yet, your past-life-in-this-life selves have informed everything about your journey to where you are today.
We are always reincarnating, even in this life.