I'm 32 and had my first gig ever this weekend. A list of lessons learned: 1) The songs I practiced alot I played well, the songs I didn't had more problems (DUH). 2) Problems beget problems. I wasn't nervous until I messed up the first time, then I was extremely nervous and nearly lost the song. 3) Most people really arn't paying that much attention at any given moment. Your worst moment will likely go unobserved by everyone (god willing). 4) 1ft platforms on a cobblestone street between two buildings creates the largest subwoofer I've ever encountered. I started sound check at the volume I play rehearsals at and I think they heard me in the next county. Nothing like playing that outside gig on "1/2" 5) My Schroeder 1210 and Eden WT400 are all the amp/cab I'll ever need, everything else (perhaps even this) is just vanity. 6) The fretboard looks different in full sun. 7) After a winter of cold basement woodsheding, sweaty hands were a new experiance... one I was poorly prepared for. 8) Breath 9) When you have 1 square foot of space to play, don't try to move around... just bounce. 10) Being prepared (cables, pics, extension chords, water, extra demos, etc.., etc..) isn't just for boyscouts anymore.