Sensible people recognize that we as individuals are insignificant. We hope that we matter to those we care about, but in the big picture we are nothing.
Nonetheless, this is our life, and it means a lot to us. Not just our concern with our own existence, but for those we love and care about. Beyond that there is this beautiful world that sustains and delights us.
Sometimes I hear music that expresses that. A great world-emotion that wells up in your heart and you feel like a bird in a cage yearning to fly. Music is the key that releases us from that cage.
Maybe not everyone has this feeling, but those of us who do understand why we play. It's our calling, no matter whether or not we are recognized. We were born to be this. We follow our heart to the unknown.