“You’re such an amateur!”
Even if jokingly, these words are often spoken to let us know that our efforts aren’t top notch. It’s too bad, really, because there is something beautiful about the genuine strivings of an amateur.
Not too long ago, someone pointed out to me that the word amateur shares the same Latin root as the word love. Quite literally, an amateur is someone who does something purely out of love for the act itself.
It is love, and not finances, that must drive creativity. It is something we have to get out, a voice that has to be heard, a song that has to be sung, or an image that has to be seen. If your creative outlets help pay the bills, great! If not, remember that an income, or the dream of one, is not what makes your voice worth hearing.