Abandoning our gifts, talents, or passions causes us a lot of pain. Some people give them up or put them on the back burner because they think - "It's so silly, What's the point?, It's unrealistic, What will people think?, It won't go anywhere anyways." What people don't realize though is that they're literally suffocating part of their being by suppressing the creative expressions or the joy of something that gives them great pleasure.
Is there something that you put down or 'shelved' out of fear, embarrassment, or realistic thinking?
Pick it up, go back to your passions. No matter what your age or vocation. Allow it to have a place in your life and the joy of rediscovering it will be its own reward. Then watch how the rest of your life and being will flourish.