I agree great post - How many artists who's paintings are priceless now nearly never made a cent while they were painting? I can name five right now - And yet they kept painting. I think it's the same with writing.
I write because I can't not write. I'm an okay writer but I doubt I'll ever be a great one, I'm able to promote myself but I'll never have enough confidence or showmanship to really push myself out there. And that's sort of alright. I have a job and in all honesety if I had to sit on my butt all day writing to make a living I'd go crazy (I need to move which is why I have an on-the-go job)
I've been writing for a pretty long time and got into the fanfiction circle for a pretty long time - I had readers tell me that I made them cry, made them laugh, made their day better, helped with various emotional problems. Now I'm writing my own original fiction and if I can make people happy or touch someone with what I write then I feel successful.
If I was an actress I'd be into community theatre, if I was a musician I'd busk, but I'm a writer and here I am