I really enjoyed reading this! I wish I had something smart to say, but I don’t… I can only share my story. I’m a musician and I struggle with this every day. I’m a trained musician and I’ve been wanting to do this since I’m a kid, it’s never been a hobby just a part of myself that i nourished and loved. Everyday I have a choice. Write disposable music for a fried chicken commercial and make money? Or produce a track for a singer I love working with? In the end for me it’s all about finding balance and not taking myself too seriously. I know what my goal is, what i want to achieve and i see this phase as a stepping stone. It will get better, as long as I don’t completely lose myself in meaningless projects just for the sake of money. What really helped me with finding excitement again was teaching. This sounds new agey but “giving back” really helped me. Seeing how people got excited about what i showed them, really made me appreciate what I have and love. That being said, I struggle with this constantly…