I can fairly be called an amateur because I do what I do, in the original sense of the word – for love, because I love it.
David Gaub McCullough (born July 7, 1933) is an American author, narrator, historian, and lecturer He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian award
What does it mean?
The word that we use today that is closest to the word amātor is “amateur.” Today when we use the word amateur we use it to describe a novice. Someone who is not at a high level of a particular skill, or someone who is not paid to do a particular skill.
Being called an amateur is almost an insult in today’s society, especially if it’s in regards to a skill that you’ve been working hard at. Nobody likes to be called an amateur — well, almost everybody.
To really understand a word you need to know its source or etymology. The word amateur comes from the Latin word amātor, which means “to love.”
So when you hear the word amateur you should think “to love” or “for the love.” When you are labeled as a professional you do something “for the money,” but as an amateur, or amātor, you do it for the LOVE.
Amātor Life. To Love Life.
Now that you now the etymology of the word it is easy to see why I have chosen it as the title of this blog.
The intention of this blog is simply track what I do; to follow my life, but not to simply write the actions I take and there consequences, but to write what’s behind the actions. The motivation, the thoughts, and my philosophies.
I felt compelled to start this blog as I greatly enjoy helping others and realized, after helping many people, that I can place the knowledge that I do know (very limited knowledge) in a place where anyone at anytime can access it. As well as give the ability to share the knowledge with friends and family members who need advice and help in life.
I am no teacher, doctor, shaman, or even the tooth fairy. I’m simply a man writing what I do, think, and know in life and have the hope that it can help someone in their life. Even if it’s only one person for one moment. That will be enough for me.
Come live an Amātor Life with me.