The Happy Amateur (THA)


Singing in the woods

am·a·teur \ˈa-mə-(ˌ)tər, -ˌtu̇r, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌchu̇r, -chər\ n. often attrib [F, from L amator lover, fr. amare to love]

I’m The Happy Amateur.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always feel happy. But as the years go by, I become happier with my–far from perfect–self. I daresay, I become a bit wiser.

One proof of that is my frequent arrival at the same conclusion as Plato’s, “I only know that I know nothing.” I realize that no matter how much life experience I gain, I’ll never become a pro at living.

And here comes the ‘happy’ part – I don’t want to become a pro.

I want to engage in life as a favorite pastime, not a profession. I want to remain a novice, humble and hungry for knowledge. I want to be a constant devotee and admirer of life.

In other words, I want to be an amateur.

Live for the Love of it,

Sasha A. Palmer (aka Happy)

Sunrise on the water