Peggy Valenti recently retired from a 27 year career in arts education. She started her career as a music teacher and later went into Educational Administration. She currently resides in the north-western part of New Jersey. Learn more at https://journeyshareme.com.
It is said, that with age comes wisdom. I say, that with age, we are more determined to seek wisdom and learn about the journey we are supposed to be on. Music has always been an important part of my life. My career was based on it. Singing and performing has always been my way of finding comfort and expression. Of course, life’s responsibilities took precedent over the years but now with my children grown and my full-time career behind me, I turn once again to singing and performing. Never underestimate the power of song! It speaks to the heart and comforts the soul. We are all on a journey! Our paths may be different but our journey is the same…to seek the truth and purpose of our existence.
With a blink of an eye, my children have grown! I now have 7 grandchildren, with an 8th on the way. Like many who are newly retired, I have struggled with my new identity. Who am I now, that I am no longer in the workplace? What is my purpose? What do I still have to give?
I always looked upon my singing as a gift from God and I always knew that I was meant to share it. In my younger days, I sang in church. My spirit prayed and rejoiced in song.
Recently diagnosed with RA and feeling “lost” without my job from which I always defined my identity, I turned to my music for comfort. I found myself writing again and eventually set out to do the impossible – record my song in Nashville! At age 61!
The journey has been more than I could have hoped for. I am so thankful, grateful and humbled by the entire experience! The support I have received from family and friends has been unbelievable. Everyone has wrapped their arms around me and encouraged me to “go on” when I found every reason not to! Too tired, too depressed over the new RA diagnosis, too old, too many wrinkles! I could go on and on. Never underestimate the healing power of music for every minute I spent in the studio with my amazing producer, I felt 30 years younger, empowered, strong, and healthy!
To everyone that reads this I say this! NEVER give up! Be strong, believe! Just be strong! Just believe
Life has it’s struggles, that we all have to bear. Life has its ups and downs, at times it isn’t fair. But we go on. Be strong, Believe! Just be strong, Just Believe!
Tears on My Pillow is available on various digital music sites including cdbaby, googleplay and iTunes. Listen to a clip here!