I've "given up" on music twice in my life. The first time i was starting a family and finally decided that I just didn't have the time to devote to a band, and my own music was going nowhere. I sold everything except my acoustic. Shortly after, I "gave it all to God", and thus began a 25 year journey of music, dedicated to worship and ministry, honing my singing skills in a choir, playing for kid's Sunday School, doing singer-songwriter stuff in coffee houses, performing for weddings, funerals, nursing homes and prisons. No opportunity was considered too small. I couldn't imagine an amateur career any better than that. After I left the church thing there was a dry spell but I still felt the need to play and entertain, so I joined a 60's Rock n Roll band. My talents are mediocre at best, but it's surprising how much work ethic and commitment make up for it. Even though it's sometimes a love-hate relationship, there's nothing like making music with a purpose, and seeing people respond, even if it's not my own stuff. Bottom line is, when it seems pointless, maybe it's time to put your talent to use - even if it's playing someone else's music - just to entertain people and bring them joy. Who knows, you might learn more about what makes a pop song so catchy, and be able to write those elements into your own songs.