I never considered any other instrument, so, I acquired my first pair of drum sticks, when I was about 10, bashed on various plastic containers for years, to the Beatles, Deep Purple, whatever I could find, then when I was 15, I had annoyed my parents long enough, I was given a set of drums, for Christmas, I thought they were the best thing since sliced bread, I can't remember the brand.
That was 1969, 2 weeks later I played my first gig, January 1970, used those cheap crappy drums until I moved up the coast, bought a new set of Tama Swingstars, in midnight blue, that was 1978, I still have them & still use them for practice. I played in what is known here as a 50/50 dance band, for 12 months, then in various dance bands, rock bands, a country rock band, & most recently a Classic Rock & Roll dance band, for 3 years. In 2008 I thought, maybe I should give the old Swingstars a rest, they were 30 years old at the time, & had played many, many gigs, too many to count.
So I bought my Tama Superstar Customs, & I'm still playing gigs, 40 years after I got my first drum kit, I have just learnt as I went along. I'm only a dance band drummer, & that's all I ever wanted to be, I never thought about stardom, or being "famous", I was using music to have fun & getting paid for it, which helped pay for all the things that 4 kids need, & they think I'm a star, anyway.
What more could any man want.
And I'm still having fun, I will stop when it ceases to be fun.
I'll shut up now, I've bored you long enough.