After years of playing there's no doubt in my mind that natural ability plays a huge part in the level of playing you achieve. Yes we all know the old expression there's always someone better out there and it's very true. Despite the amount of time I'll never be able to calculate I can say with confidence I'm a decent player but will only get so far especially at this point in my life. I'm not taking a defeatist attitude. I suppose the point of this post is to convey the notion we should never get discouraged and be happy with what we've done with our playing. Enjoy the music and don't give up on your passion. I think this concept or reality escapes most naturals out there.