For those of you that are thinking of hanging it up (for a variety of reasons) no inspiration, no time, work, kids I thought Id try and give my perspective, and talk you out of it. Ive been playing since I was 13. Started out with the typical garage band situation playing rock and roll covers. Didnt have a clue what I was doing but kept thumpin away. Played pretty constant for the next ten years. Country and rock bar bands mostly. The college scene. Even did a couple of tours. Things changed though. Life happened. Got a married. Got a real job =). Had kids. And slid my bass under the bed for ten years. Didnt touch it. Then one day when my youngest was in middle school, his band director called and said that my son had mentioned that I played bass. He was looking for a bassist for a big band. I told him I didnt read and it had been a while not a problem youll catch on. I think he was desperate. I pulled the pbass out and dusted it off. Showed up and followed the guitar players hands for 2 hours. Didnt have a clue what was written on the charts, but I kept showing up. Ten years later, Im still with the big band, can sight read pretty much any chart that gets thrown in front of me. Met a lot of players. Bought a DB. Got a call from a jazz sextet (think Monk to Mulligan) looking for a bassist sure, what the hell. 5 years later and were recording again next month. Recently hooked up with 3 players and Im playing rock again and having a blast. Last week, I got a call from a pianist looking to do the duet thing I heard from a friend that you were a solid player I guess my point is, you never know. Dont lose heart. Practice. Try a different style. Get out of your comfort zone. Adapt. Evolve.