A harsh reality is when I realized how much time I spent working on my old race car instead of racing it. My hobie turned into wrench work, instead of driving fast.
And to some of us this is part of the experience! I love just "messing about in boats". Never was much into being a mechanic which is why I just drive my car for the fun. Boats, thems I could tinker w/ all the time. Just may do so when I retire in a few years.