I have played violin or cello in school orchestras and community orchestras since 1948 and was CM in my community orchestra for 20 years.
I taught violin and cello from my late 20s until I quit at about 75..
Not counting 69 years with school and community orchestras, I've played public performances of solos and chamber music and recitals since my mid teens - but lately more on a salon scale for the small ensembles. I've had a few paid gigs over the years - nothing big, but music has always been an avocation, and am now a retired "rocket scientist/physicist" and active ""musician"" and will continue as long as I am able. (Double quotes are intentional!)
My wife of 64 years and I have lived 13 miles north of the Golden Gate, near 2 of our 3 children for the past 25 years. We were lucky to live near to our 3 grandchildren as they were growing up and participated/helped when we could. With this closeness we get together with family for all birthdays, holidays, and other nice times. I gave violin lessons to my older granddaughter (the writer) for 10 years until she was 16.