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 Re: advice for letting go of professional dreams
Author: mrn 
Date:   2008-11-04 16:21

Don't forget that the original meaning of the word "amateur" comes from the Latin word for love. An amateur musician is someone who makes music simply because they love music! Being an "amateur" doesn't mean you're not as good. There are plenty of amateurs out there who are better than a lot of professionals.

Ever read Sherlock Holmes? He was a fictional character, of course, but he's a good literary example of an AMATEUR detective who's every bit as good--in fact, better--than the professionals. There are people like that in all kinds of fields, but especially in music.

I personally dislike the term "avocation," because it implies doing something you have no calling to do (because it literally means "away from one's calling"). For many of us amateurs, we feel as "called" to music as anyone else. We just have another way we pay our bills (and, truth be told, so do a lot of professionals).

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