I wish I hadn't blown five years of college on a Jazz Performance degree that I now don't use, as much fun as it was....
Professionally, no regrets, I've been very lucky in that respect. Wish I'd found SSC sooner, I guess. 😉
Hey jcrawf, succeeding in music is definitely a challenge. My parents both earned master's degrees at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY): mom became a traditional stay-at-home mom and my dad went on to establish the music dept at the local community college. They encouraged me and my brother to learn/appreciate music, but never pushed us into a music career for the very fact that it can be quite tough to make a living.
My critial moment of departure from seriously studying music happened in 8th grade when I was finding it difficult to practice piano, play three sports a year, and make an honest effort to do well in school. My dad said "Pete, you'll always have music but you're only young once. If sports is what you'd like to do, then now's the time to do it." So, music took a back seat just when I began to transpose piano music into a new key as I was playing/reading the music. Now I struggle to play scales without fat-fingering adjacent keys 😉
Nonetheless, I am always grateful for knowing how to play a piano, sing, and carry a beat.