I have played guitar for like 14 years now. However, I have never really learned much beyond some chords, some scales, a couple of riffs, and a few songs.
When I taught myself how to play the guitar, it was for the wrong reasons: to be cool and to write songs to feel better about myself. I never really achieved either of those goals and a lot of times I missed out on the greatest aspect of playing guitar -- having fun.
At some point I realized that I had spent my entire time as a musician trying to be a writer. While that might work for some -- like Bob Dylan -- it didn't for me.
Fairly recently I found my proper media: stories, novels, poems, blogs, and essays. I write to be read. I have had a lot more success in finding my voice, saying what I have to say, and feeling good about it.
Now I can finally discover what I have been missing out on all along. I have decided that I am going to finally devote time to doing what I should have been doing all along: really learning to play guitar and for the fun of it.