Backstory: I'm 31 years old, and haven't played a gig since Thanksgiving Eve 2009. We were together for 8 years up to that point, since college. But everybody's life was starting to get in the way, availability's never lined up to have rehearsals, do gigs, etc. We're all still great friends and get together when we can, but the band is no longer the focus of our friendships. We recently got together to record some songs one of the guys wrote, and while it was fun, it was over as soon as we left the studio. I really miss playing. I miss rehearsing, I miss playing out, I miss setting up for a gig, tearing down after a gig, I miss the comradery. But my career has me so busy right now, and when I come home I now have a wife and 2 very young children to take care of. I love my family, and don't resent them at all. But there seems to be very little time in my life to devote to practicing. I literally couldn't find a few hours once a week to devote to rehearsals, and forget playing in bars all night on weekends. The baby doesn't sleep in just because I didn't get home until 3am. Anybody else ever been in this situation? Did you just have to accept that you'd have to hang it up for a few years, and pick it up again when your kids are older? What if my life never does slow down? Am I just making excuses? AH!!! I like my job and love my family, but I really need an outlet or I'll go crazy!