I’ve had the dog come and go for the last three years or so and, like you, along with the stresses of work and family and other responsibilities music listening was the thing I just never had the enthusiasm to make time for. About a year ago I started to get excited about hifi again (thanks, John Darko) and it all come flooding back. So I sold off most of my best kit for an upgrade and then work went bad and a family illness ate up all the money I’d saved 😩
Anyway, my piecemeal, jerry-rigged system works and sounds worse than it has for years. It’s a constant source of frustration to me but most importantly, I’m actually using it and having lots of really nice moments with music again in spite of that. Spotify is great. I’m being much less of a snob about what I listen to and I’m discovering music that really helps with my mood (chvrches, the Beths), plus I can sing along unironically to Taylor swift with my 7yo daughter and 4yo son, so there’s that
I still have bad days but I’m making positive changes and getting some help and they’re getting fewer and further apart.
Don’t try to force it. If it’s not happening for you, go and do something else and chances are pretty good that you’ll come back to it when you’re good and ready, whenever that is
And when you do decide to upgrade your amp. hit me up about that Primo. I was thinking fondly of them just a few days ago 😄