This is a good thread Badger.
I'd like to think I'm on a musical journey and hope that this week I'm a tiny little bit better at doing what I do t(whatever that is!) han I was last week. If that makes sense?
I've played in bands (as a guitarist) over the years and those experiences improved me as a musician. Until last year I had never sang publicly but now do regular low profile 'gigs' at a life drawing class. This allows me to knock out some interesting covers but also to showcase some of my own songs. I wish I'd done this years ago!
After teaching myself everything from being about 15, I took up piano lessons earlier this year. I'm MILES away from where I'd like to be on the piano but make a little bit of progress each week. The piano lessons and theory have helped me with my guitar playing, bass playing and arranging.
As for how far away I am from my own goals, I'm not sure. I just see making music as an adventure, a personal and spiritual journey. I want to become better at mixing and mastering because I know that this side of things lets me down but then again I'm having to work within financial and technical limitations too.
I hope this response doesn't come across as pretentious. It's a great thread and made me think. It's good to think sometimes