I like the distinction the author makes between work/professional expertise and hobbies/pleasure activities. Allowing oneself to "aspire to mediocrity" in hobbies__pardon the oxymoron __could be incredibly liberating. After all, shouldn't the joy be in the "doing"? Not in the pleasing of metaphorical mommies and daddies who are compelled to remind us that if yer gonna do somethin' do it right, etc. How discouraging it must be to pursue an activity, but to live and die by the number of "likes" generated by the serious folks: respected teachers, tradespeople, experts, well, you know... the big fellas. We make a religion out of high performance and exceptional practice. Art, science, and athletics owe much of their achievements to a culture of intensely driven__perhaps neurotic__over-achievers. Nonetheless, and I don't think it's a contradiction that I believe we owe recognition and thanks to those who perform brilliantly for us, inspire us, and innovate in ways that benefit us, often at an extreme personal cost. Unfortunately, we amateurs often let fear of negative judgement or dismissal keep us from engaging in an activity. So who said you gotta be good at it? How about you just gotta enjoy it? All the while remaining humble, though. Because if not, one runs a considerable risk of becoming yet another tiresome mansplainer, or worse, deluded into believing in one's own excellence. Most of us are duffers just having some fun, and that's probably a healthy thing. Thanks for sharing the article, Odyssey.