It is quite touching, a 5-year-old thread still so relevant since everyone of us has had this feeling of desolation at some point. It is those days when we feel weak, when no progress is seemingly made, or it is too slow, or we are just emotionally and physically exhausted. I like Glassynails have on weekdays to practice late, when I should be resting, reading comfortably a book, or simply being lazy and watching TV. Yet I take my guitar and try to go through my "programme" for the day, a couple of studies or pieces and technique improvement. I had to do that in the last two years after having a huge lapse of 19 years totally neglecting the guitar, doing other things, some compulsory like work, some creative like my other love ancient history. Now that this option is not on any more I can devote my time, any time that is left to me, who knows how much, to my other love CG. Yes, I am perhaps not the most talented player in the world, I will most probably never make it to perform in a huge music hall or make recordings or whatever, but every time I take my guitar and sit to study I get enormous joy by the little improvement, the tiny advances in musicianship, at least as I perceive it. As other members have already mentioned, CG is a life-long encounter which usually does not have a discernible target, goal, end, whatever you will, plus it imposes so many obstacles and challenges that can easily overwhelm you. I have come to realize at the age of 50 that music is a pursuit that resembles a marathon rather than an 100 metre race, you have to go slowly and feel comfortable with your pace, achievement, regardless how efficient you think you are. At the same time this pursuit is a great teacher for life, I have learnt that no matter how awesome, dazzling or unsolvable a problem we face regarding CG may seem, there is always a solution to it as long as we are ALIVE, for life is all about learning to solve problems after all, death is problemless. So let us feel blessed that we can serve our art and feel lucky we are bestowed with such rich rewards every time we pick our guitars.