I retired and was thinking about learning to play my daughter's guitar, which was just laying around in the basement. I got it out, looked at it, messed with it for about a week, then went to Puerto Rico for the winter. While in Puerto Rico I decided that guitars were too big to haul around, to pretentious to play, and weren't all that fun. I got to thinking that a ukulele is small, easy to take along to the beach or wherever you are going on a bicycle or walking, it fits in my checked luggage when I fly, and they are not so serious as a lot of other instruments. So I got a ukulele and it has been great. My motto is that is is better to get up late and play the ukulele than it is to get up early and go to work.