‘She took the teeth with her’

There’s a story about a man who was married to his money, as they say.

In latter years, his wife’s teeth weren’t in the best shape, and she asked him if she could get a top class dentist to have a look at them and see what he could do.

The man in question knew this type of job could be expensive, but reluctantly he agreed. On the advice of an acquaintance she traveled out of the country, where this kind of thing could be done more cheaply. Still it was a big job, and so €15k later she came back, but was delighted with her teeth, until 6 months later she tragically died.

A little while later, the acquaintance asked the man how his wife was doing. ‘She died a few months ago’, he replied, ‘and she took the teeth with her’.

Whatever money, time or effort you put into something usually can’t be reclaimed. It’s a one-off transaction.

But it won’t always work. Your new expensive album might bomb. The song you spent all week writing may never see the light of day.

And so you’re best off accepting that’s a possibility before you start. It will help you enjoy the process more.

I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.