I think the reason why I talk about it, is I anything I enjoyed doing as a kid, there was some adult somewhere that would point out the money that could be made doing that thing. I was busy in the pleasure of it, but there was an adult seeing how advantage of the skill could get taken for other reasons.
and it felt like theft of a talent that wasn’t theirs.
Piano playing was a big one; I’m grateful I never pushed by family towards a career; but teachers, adults in church, other adults certainly did.
They wanted to see me on stage performing, tried talking family into sending me to special music school (Julliard) for it. I went along with the idea a little and got six months of special prep lessons for it.
Then when I asked “do I have to?” no, I didn’t and all was well. I had no regrets. I could see at 11 the life that’d have been set up for me had I done it; constant practice. Judgings, contests. performances. Always under someone else’s control, no freedom. And my income would depend on it at that. Even as a kid I saw a straightjacket where others saw me taking over the world. But thankfully the people that mattered listened to me.