Naturally, we all want to optimise our ways of being. But every once in a while, and for every one of our aspirations, there’s a contrarian voice screaming: Enough already! Can’t we stop succeeding for just one moment? Cease trying to be exceptional at something? The answer is yes, but to do so you must embrace your inner amateur.
The art of amateurship pivots on us knowing our capabilities and realising the boundaries of what we seek.
Our daily lives already overemphasise competition, ambition and deadlines. We don’t need to reproduce such pressures in our pleasure lives. The joy of amateurship allows you to find beauty in simplicity, setting smaller goals and searching for the aesthetics.
In the kingdom of music, the amateur who doesn’t know her place courts humiliation.