I searched for this topic in this before but with no results. I thought it was pretty important, and that it probably deserved a post, so here it goes. Basically, I'd like to ask how everyone here avoids "burning out". That is, how do you keep from obsessing with your music (and life, really) so that it doesn't overwhelm you? Personally, I've been feeling completely swamped for a while now--I'm involved in entirely too many bands and orchestras, not enough free time and it's taken a pretty big toll on me. I'm finding that I'm very, very tired most of the time and I'll be yawning in the middle of the day, I'm becoming less and less caring about the concerns and needs of others and overall I've just burned my candle at both ends to the point that I've even lost motivation to do the things I love anymore (including the bass). Schoolwork is being blown off, I'm doing the least work possible at my job and practicing is only just meeting the bare minimum. Things I'm normally excited about are just checks on a long laundry list of things to do. It all came about last week when I pulled what turned out to be a 12 hour day of almost straight rehearsal and practicing with only a couple of short breaks. This day was topped off by two hour concert and then a three hour trek back home, which put me back at around 1:30 at night. I know none of this is characteristic of me. I am usually the polar opposite to what I am right now, but this is really frightening me as I'm making my final application decisions and deliberating as to which colleges I want to go to (I've ultimately settled on one school, but it's scaring the daylights out of me that I'm not as ecstatic about it as I usually would be). I've found myself thinking: "Why do I even want to do this?" and completely re-evaluating my course of action in terms of music, as well as other things like physical fitness and academics. Help?