I should probably qualify what I stated above because the way I said it makes it sound like I think that playing trumpet is a chore, or that I don't enjoy playing music. That's not it at all - I've simply moved to a place in life where my life doesn't revolve around playing trumpet like it did when I was in my early 20s. Part of what motivates me to practice is also being able to enjoy playing so that not only am I not sucking, but that I'm also not struggling to play the material. Been there, done that, and it's no fun. Making music is a gas when I'm not fighting the horn or struggling with the lines because I've let my chops degrade too much. At one point I did have to practice some to bring my chops back up to a point where they had been. So I guess that's motivation too - being able to have fun while making music with other people. For me, that's what playing music has always been about and I have long said that if I ever stop having fun playing, that's when I'll stop playing.