There's nothing like the feeling of your first professional paycheque in a business like photography. All the blood, toil, tears and sweat that went into making this business your own is summed up in that little slip of paper no matter the amount on the cheque. It's a tangible sign that your efforts were not in vain. It's also an acknowledgement that people think that your photography is good enough to "pay for".
I'm just glad that I'm able to do what I love doing (being behind the viewfinder of a camera) and get paid for what it is that I do.
With photographing hockey, it's been a great source of enjoyment. The satisfaction of getting the shot and seeing my son perform well on the ice.
more later...have a game to shoot today.