…and just like that, I am a “professional” writer.

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Last November, at age 43, for the paltry sum of $400.00 I added a new title to my resume; “Professional Driver.”

The crew over at Webster.com define professional as;

2c engaged in by persons receiving financial return

So when they check showed up from Xtreme Xperience (go ahead, book today and when you get to the track, ask for Mental! I’ll happily be your instructor!), I moved from the realm of amateur to paid for my services.

But this discussion relates even more to Webster earlier definition of profession;

2a  participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs

If there ever was an amateur, it is me. But a big company has seen fit not just to pay me once, but re-hire me for what I do.

Now technically, the term is “professional” instructor, but I already had that title as a US Air Force Instructor teaching watch standers for Colorado’s famed Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center (think War Games). But I also say “driver,” because some clients want to be driven instead of driving. Either they are too young, too old or too bashful to drive themselves.

But today, I was published on another website and for that, I will be financially compensated;

http://www.supercompressor.com/rides/jaguar-villain-academy-driving-the-f-type-r-at-circuit-of-the-americas

So in addition to these two pieces, Altima and Truck, I got that one. That’s one will pay, and I now move from the world of unpaid (don’t worry, still gonna do the free stuff) to participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs, even if I am still an amateur as I do it.

Thanks for reading

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