I know that, in theory, one day I'll have more time to be in community theater. But by that time my kids will be in college and I'll only be able to play the grandmother parts.
Not that there's anything wrong with the grandmother parts, but....I'd sure love to play the 20-something/30-something parts now.
When it gets right down to it, out of everything in my life that brings me joy (and there are many things) - one thing stands far and above everything else. There is nothing that compares to the feeling I get when I'm on stage. If I could afford to do so, I would give up everything in my life (except for my family) to just act. I can't even describe it - it's the most amazing experience and nothing else comes close.
That, of course, begs the question...why am I not pursuing the one thing that makes me happier than anything else?