I've been flutin' (as I like to call it), since I was 13. I first chose the instrument because it was light enough for a 13 year old carry around and also because the sound was soothing. I remember the first few years of practice was brutal. Everyday, at least for 4 hours. Even Saturday + Sundays! Looking back, I am very glad I had the support of my family and friends to keep practicing. Although I wouldn't call myself any where near professional, I definitely can pick up a flute anywhere, any time and play a song or two.