One time I told a friend that I enjoy editing photos, and his response was “Oh yeah? Are you any good?” and I was stymied in the moment.
I just realized today why. Pretend instead of photo editing, I had said “I really enjoy going on walks” and then he had responded “Oh, are you a pretty skilled walker?” What? That doesn’t follow.
People go on walks to feel good, not to be good. Not everything is about improvement, or skill. If I wanted to be good at photo editing I’d have to worry about composition, color theory, texture, taking care of my tools, instead of just opening random program or using a random color pen that I find in one of my glasses on my desk.
I’m bored just listening that crap, let alone doing it. If I had to be good, I would quit. I edit photos because it takes me out of myself. The end result doesn’t even really matter.
I’m sure some of you relate. That’s why we get along.