I’ve always thought amateurs were the most heartwarming type of people. These people love doing their hobbies no matter how good or bad they are at them and it’s always bothered me that amateurism is generally looked down upon.
Hobbies are just that, hobbies. Who would you be if you were to tell them they’re doing something wrong? I’ll tell you, you’d just be a straight-up tool. No matter what it is that they’re enjoying, whether it be astronomy, drawing, archeology, or even just bird watching, every person starts somewhere with a hobby. They are certainly going to be bad at it, or at the very least just okay. Even if they don’t develop further than where they started from there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
The word amateur actually comes from “amer”, the Latin word roughly translating to “for the love of”. The Romans knew what was up back then, and it still applies. Amateurs are just people who love what they do, no matter how poorly they do it. If someone were to tell them that they’re doing it wrong or poorly it may just turn them off of it and make them feel terrible, and I don’t think anyone should feel that way about something they love or want to try.
Next time a friend of yours is interested in something you do and wants to give it a try on their own just let them do it their way. Nothing should prevent them from enjoying it however they want. Besides, who knows? You could find a middle ground to enjoy the activity together.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 03 on October 9th, 2019