I very much agree! With all of this, and especially the end.Welcome to your 35th year and the TDPRI!
Voice was my first instrument and kalimba was my second, though trying to use it for melody was a dead end then for rhythm seemed better but took 40 years and an old African kalimba to grok.
I see you have sheet music there, are you also learning to write music?
(I never learned)
Anyhow, I think you really really need to write some music on your cat.
I mean look at that perfect white canvas just begging for notes!
Notably the world needs music too and music is kind of a birthright at any skills level.
Gaining skills is of course invaluable but the greater good comes from the soul, which is perfect even as a beginner or intermediate.
My path on guitar started in kitchens where Maine winters most folks got out guitars and sang songs round the woodstove.
So I had roughly zero skills when first playing with others.
For artist heroes I dug into Rev Gary Davis introduced by Jorma, really similar roots music to Robert Johnson who I also picked stuff up from.
Roots are good for growing and gardens calling can fit too because in the garden sings the birds whose souls are even more pure than us advanced intelligences!
Which brings me to what I suggest is the greatest skill a musician needs:
Dial tone is just about an F...if anybody has a land line anymore...Oh yes intervals are really the key to every door.
Learned to play before they invented quartz tuners so all we had was the interval, up in the sticks, A440 was for them city slickers!
Actually I did use an A tuning fork but one has to roll with the kitchen and not try to change the room if tuning to them was an option.
I swear, there were times I brought a knife to a gunfight (acoustic strung with a .013 set at an electric jam) and tuned up a couple of half steps for more string tension driven volume!Dial tone is just about an F...if anybody has a land line anymore...