Since my last post, I have had a rather interesting response from people. It seems that very often we do not value our gifts or at least there are some of us out there who do not value our gifts.
For example: Why would the passionate artist feel bad about charging people for the work he creates out of love? Why would the photographer do a photoshoot at a price that barely covers the costs of his time, let alone contributes to the cost of equipment? Why does the witty person who attracts people with nothing more than his outgoing personality hide himself away behind a job that is unfulfilling?
When did our society decide that it is wrong or unjustified for us to charge a fee for doing something that we are passionate about? Why do we feel justified to accept payment for doing something that we do not enjoy, yet hesitate when someone offers us payment for doing something that we love doing?
Long ago I learnt to accept gifts from people. If someone offered to pay the lunch bill I would gladly accept. When people offered to contribute to fuel, I would gladly accept. I did not need the money, but who am I to rob another of the gift of giving? I love giving as much as I love receiving, but if people will not let me give, then I do not get that experience.
So back to my original pondering. Why is it that we are afraid to charge for the things we truly enjoy?
Are you one of the fortunate ones who is following your dreams and getting paid to play? If so please comment below, I would love to send more people your way and support where you if I can.