One of my band members wrote this and hit it right on the head:
I've chosen the craziest, the toughest, most unpredictable, most fun, most amazing profession to pursue. I'm a musician. I've been all over the country. Driven to and thru almost every state. Been thru fire, wind, rain, and snow. I've seen so many sunrises and sunsets in so many different cities. I've sacrificed my home, my job, relationships, friendships, my health, my mental/emotional/physical state, jobs, opportunities, and plans. I've slept on any and all surfaces you could Think of. I've seen the hospitality of the most genuine people. I've been in so many crazy situations and predicaments. I've had nervous breakdowns and moments of pure bliss. I've dealt with the shadiest venue owners and sound guys. I've driven all night to get to our destination. I've played to empty rooms and packed rooms that surpassed the fire code. I've broken stages. I've played in the shittiest of venues, bars, clubs, and restaurants. I've played in some of the most amazing venues. I've recorded in state of the art studios, and in civil war forts and old theaters. I've met people that have changed my life forever. I've met people that are so bat shit crazy that I still talk about them. I'm flat broke. I've been in and played in a different city every night. I've played internationally. I've seen what most people don't get a chance to see. I'm a musician. I play with my best friends in the world. I load in my own gear every night, upstairs and into basements. I make sure to take care of my group as they do me. I tour the country and out. I've chosen the most competitive job imaginable. This is the hardest I've ever worked for anything, ever. And I wouldn't change it for the world. I get to play music for people that believe in what we do, as much as we do. I'm happier than I ever have been. I get to do what I love, no matter the repercussions. I'm a musician. And I'm here to make a difference.