I studied piano for a couple of years when I was very young, but after I gave that up I imagined that that ship has sailed and I will never be able to play music again. There is something about western classical music education that makes children think that the only way to be a musician is to practice one instrument 8 hours / day 7 days / week for 20 years. Either that, or nothing.
During my 2012 stay in Java, Indonesia, I joined the ethnomusicology program of the Indonesian Institute of Arts but I quickly realized that I did not have enough time to dedicate to it, being fully committed to a programming job on another continent. Another disappointment in my musical journey.
Only later did I realize that music is in fact accessible to everyone - you don't need to be a "professional" in order to play music. I started playing with various flutes, but also percussion and anything else I could get my hands on. My favourite flute is the Romanian caval.
During my 2020 stay in Bali, Indonesia, I worked with a team of local craftsmen to design and build some unique musical instruments. That project is now on hold, but has its own website: Flow Instruments.