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Music Leads The Dance Of Love AT FORTY FIVE Magazine Issue 2021 13

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she studied, she wondered whether and how music could help her sister. That was how she came across Music Therapy for the first time. “I remember clearly the 16th of September 1995. It was 2:30 in the afternoon. I called my mother to say “I am flying to New York to become a Music Therapist.” That started her career and life journey through many countries, institutions, medical and mental health settings. Maria found her calling but is still feeding the creative part of herself through performing, singing, and composing when possible. Music provides solace, a creative place to express emotions, to recollect, and be. Life Is A Journey Even with such a stellar career, Maria considers her two beautiful daughters to be her life’s greatest achievement. For Maria, being a mother is the most challenging and the same time the most rewarding job. “Providing for our kids is a constant struggle. As parents, we are there to support and hold, to teach and guide our kids. We grow together, we learn together, we fail and win together, we cry and laugh together. We guide their steps, we support their dreams, we encourage them when they fight their own battles. Seeing them happy, and content with their own 20

choices becomes our life goal. After being left with a handicapped sister and working for many years with children suffering chronic or life-threatening illnesses, I experience their physical and/ or emotional pain and the pain and frustration in their parent’s eyes. I have come to realize what matters for me the most and what I come to wish most of all for my kids, is for them to be healthy. Teaching them to value, appreciate, and acknowledge life to its full, became for me a life task.” 21

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