You can come back! Perhaps not without damage but, being motivated by one thing can make all the difference. It's been 2 years since my battle with multiple myeloma began. The pain & damage to my spinal area put me in a wheelchair, I could barely make it to the bathroom let alone walk the dog, or make oatmeal. Imagine being able to sit up but NOT hold your bass on your lap and play a Stooges bass line! I have many many people to thank between the U of MI cancer center, my wonderful wife of 19 years Anita, the evil Drug companies supplying me essential and effective meds. Music has been a constant motivation, and of course this forum, which has kept me humored, motivated, lusting for gear and to keep on playing & learning. Those things along with the PM's and public notes of encouragement. It was bleak, I was always hopeful. Frustrated that things didn't heal faster. But, if you're looking at what seems like similar things, don't just hope, find things to keep you interested. Skip the metaphors, just find something to keep YOU going.