Well, this is a question for the more serious guitarists (or musicians) in this forum.
I've lately noticed that the guitar makes me sacrifice much of my time with friends, and many times when my friends invite me to something, I tend to refuse because I feel I haven't practiced enough this day. I'm starting to feel bad about this, and I wonder if all serious musicians who got to a very high level had to go through this.
How much social time lost would be ok? Do you guys (who have insane practice schedules) also feel bad about this? It's a big dilemma for me, because I want to enjoy both worlds... I want to be a fine musician AND have social connections. How the hell did John Petrucci manage to practice like crazy, invest so much time in his music and band AND have wife and kids?