Learning to play the cello is not easy. Not when you start after the age of 10 or 11.
For one thing, you have a life. You may have a spouse, kids, a job (or two), a home, meals to prepare, shopping to do, clothes to wash. And on and on. Learning to play the cello takes a lot of time.
Physically, when you start later in life, you really are no spring chicken. Your muscles don’t have the juice that they once had. If you’re over 30, you probably have the beginning of arthritis. That’s simplified, of course. You have, or will have, aches and pains that kids just don’t have or don’t notice or ignore. When you’re older, it’s harder to ignore.
OTOH when you start later in life, it’s because it’s something you really want to do. Whatever the motivation, it’s for you. You aren’t preparing for an audition or vying for first chair. Not that it means you won’t have some of the same jitters. “Firsts” always come with some nervousness. And there are lots of firsts when you’re doing something brand new and not easy. But you are motivated. This is something you want to do. It’s a challenge. It’s a beautiful instrument. It’s amazing to make music. And you will do that. You will make beautiful music, by yourself and with others. Remember that old adage- it’s one step at a time. As my teacher told me, learning to play the cello is like climbing a mountain with no end. You’re always moving up. Remember to enjoy the scenery.