I played for two years as a child and took great comfort in it. Unfortunately
i enjoyed playing around on it far more than actual structured practice, so I became discouraged and quit.
35 years later my 15 year old son was diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness. I just could not stop crying. I was devastated. I remembered how much comfort I took in my violin as a child and took it up again. This time I have resolved to practice intensely the technical skills so I can develop the skill level necessary for violin playing to become a true catharsis for me. Meanwhile, I have found intense technique practice to be a deep source of comfort for me. Nothing calms my soul or quiets my mind like intensive violin practice.