I was listening to Fresh Air on NPR and the guest was John Oliver. Apparently his mother (and possibly father) was a fine musician and he played the viola early in his life. He spoke of why he eventually gave it up and his story describes my limitations with the guitar. It sounded like he had some technical facility with the instrument but, as he described it, the better he got the more his limitations became evident. He could play the notes but he could not express himself well enough to hear the musical pieces as he wished to hear them. It sounded like he couldn't improvise or be creative with his playing. That's pretty much the way I feel frequently. I can learn the notes and the phrasing for many songs and sometimes I can play some tunes well enough to be enjoyable. Far more often I find that I can't make the notes come out the way I want to hear it. It could be minor deficiencies in phrasing or it could be my own physical limitations of my hands or just the raw emotion. It's why I sometimes put away the guitar and lose motivation. The only way to break out of that is to play something that is fun and enjoyable or to accept the challenge of learning something new, even with the aforementioned limitations. I think hearing Oliver speak it made me realize that I have to just play for the enjoyment it gives and accept my limitations, knowing that I just don't have enough talent in my hands and the musicality in my senses. "A man's got to know his limitations."