Here goes. Only 6 months prior I started listening to music. I dont know why I never listened before, but the power of music just never struck me hard. I mean there were pop songs on the radios that I sometimes enjoyed, but I didnt think of it as wholely remarkable, and didnt think of it any more after I left the car. I had liked some rock before then, and it was Sum 41 and Linkin Park. But the event that I hold to be important was the event that happened 6 months ago, when I got my first CD player. Once that happened, I gathered al my favorite songs, and listen to them a whole heck of a lot. Seven Nation Army was my first rock song that I loved that I can remember, I just listened to it over and over and over and over. Even now, I listen to music more than a hour a day most likely, whereas 6 months ago I had barely ever listened. This drastic change foreshadows the big question in my teenage life thus far: Do I want a bass guitar? What if its that I want a guitar, but not a bass? At the beginning of July I enrolled in a tennis course. I hated it immediately, and dropped out. Though Tennis does not seem to have much relevance to bass guitar, its the sequence of events that is important. Its because I quit the course just after 1 day. The reasons were simple. Though we were there for three hours, we only played for half that tiem. Thats because the classes were so large, the teachers so bad, and the courts were broken with grass growing in the cracks! It pissed me off so much that I quit immediately. Luckily we got a 75% refund after just one class. My parents let me quit, but now they raise a similar question to my sudden interest in bass guitar: Will I get bored of it like I got bored of the tennis class? Buying a base and the equipment will cost between 300-400$, and thats quite a lot. My parents are afraid that Ill lose interest, and all that money will be wasted. The rule on Musicians Friend says therell be a refund in 30 or so days, but my parents dont have too much faith in online corps. I myself think I dont I lose interest very easily, but the whole tennis situation changed my view? Will I get bored? Will I waste a lot of money? I have played my friends acoustic guitar, and it felt pretty good Dunno what exactly that means Because even if I do want a guitar Im not sure if its a bass one I desire Songs like Stockholm Syndrome by Muse inspire me so greatly so, and thats the kind of music I want to play, thats what I always think to myself. But I just dont know if Im cut out for bass guitar. Im a bit shy, but at the worst I could just practice in my room until I get a whole lot better, so thats not too much of a problem A further issue is one occurring to college. There is a rumor that if you can play a musical instrument well then you have a higher chance to enter college. Im not sure if this is true or not, but regardless I tell that to my parents and they seem to believe it, so that helps in my argument to get a guitar. The biggest question is if I should wait a bit longer to get a bass guitar or not, since Ive really only been interested in this kind of music for like 6 months. However, if I wait, and if that college rumor is true, my application to college will look less and less impressive. If I start now itll say that Ive been playing for 3 years, but the longer I delay the less impressive itll seem.. I do want to grow with an instrument though, but Im not sure if nows the right time. To restate, I think I do want bass guitar, but Im not sure if Im ready for it. Summer is a long and boring period, where I can waste a lot of boredness on my bass guitar. I dont know if Im ready for it, because Ive really only liked rock music heavily for 6 or so months, and I might suddenly change music tastes. But if I wait too long, my college application thing will seem less impressive, and my chances at a high school rock band (hey, it might happen ) will go down quite a bit. So can anyone help me with my problems?