I think you have put into words my philosophy, Thanks!Hi @Reedman and welcome to the café,
I'm getting on a bit too (as are other members) and I still have the illusion - though I don't practice much - that I might somehow gradually learn to play better than I do. My philosophy has been:
they have different backgrounds, different lives, different motivations/priorities and different talents.
- enjoy being able to play (at whatever level) and keep the positives in mind
- enjoy (savour!) new discoveries that gradually help you play even better
- don't spend too much time thinking about why other people play better than you do:
My basic philosophy in life is that 'everything's relative'. There were always going to be much better musicians and sax players than me even if I'd started out aged 7 rather than 40+. The same applies to all areas of life. So stay focused on enjoying what you do, what you've learned so far and enjoying learning even more (at your own tempo).
Hope you have fun here!
PS thnx again to @Jeanette for the copied and pasted "é". Is there a more direct way?