By definition, an amateur is a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit. In fact, in many languages (French, Latin and Spanish to name a few) the root of this word - “amo”- means “to love”.
For those who have made new year’s resolutions to be healthier (which is the statistical majority
), the realization that we are amateur eaters
probably comes as no surprise. What is a surprise, perhaps, is that when we take away the Big Love of our life (eating) we realize just how much we lack other
loves to fill the void; how few things we do each day to fill us up, to amplify our experiences, to bring meaning to our lives.
So it seems, ironically, becoming a professional
adult often means we leave our amateur pastimes... in the past.
If you have found your adult self lacking amateur status, the good news it’s easy to take up a new hobby or reinvestigate an old one. You don’t have to be good at it, you just have to enjoy it. Learning photography, painting or playing the guitar
will not only fill you up emotionally, it will help you refocus, relax and re-energize.
Cheers to the amateurs for keeping love alive.
Have a happy Sunday.