^ This! I would be a completely different person without drums -- someone unrecognizable. Drumming has been at my core ever since I can remember. It's a passion that runs so deep, it's difficult to put into words. Drums/Music saved me through so many difficult times. When people let me down, my drums were always there. And I've met incredibly wonderful friends, even some of my drumming heroes, though music.Literally everything. It's a part of who I am.....not just a hobby. I can't imagine my life without playing drums and not just playing. Also gigging in bands.
That made me smile because had I never taken a course in fluidics to better understand aviation fuel pressure regulators, I would have never gotten into the IT field. The connecting point between the two is I had to learn Boolean algebra and Boolean simplification to understand fluidics, which, in turn were immediately relevant to computer logic at a low level for hardware and software. What a long, strange trip, eh?Well I know one thing, If I didn't take up the drums and study and learn to read music, I would have never become a Vice President of Finance in business, cause mathematics was never a skill I excelled at til I understood the relationship through music. An interesting twist, but for me it worked!
I’m going to amend my above post to add the following: learning to play the drums is how I first experienced the level of, and the value of, the kind of intense, sustained commitment, devotion, discipline, and focus, needed to reach a goal, start with nothing and turn it into something. That experience served me well in later endeavors.I’d have missed the hours and years of the joy of making music. On the other hand, but for the drums I’d be a much better golfer.