"I have made up my mind not to shoot. Wasting my time , $ , and shutter count.
How would you react of you were in this situation? let me know in the comments below. "
Are you very occupied? Is spare time hard to find? Is it really wasting your time?
Are you buying new equipments to shoot? Do you have to travel far for it? Is it really wasting money?
Is your shutter count at 250,000? Will the additional shutter count cause your camera to fail? Are you really wasting shutter count?
If photography is indeed your hobby and you intend to do it for a living one day, take this as a stepping stone. Living in this world and making it big takes a lot of sacrifice. Doing this for free may not necessarily be a bad thing. As many has explained and testified above, take it as free marketing. Be optimistic about it rather than being negative. This is practice in the real world. You can even get feedbacks and work from there. For all you know you might shoot even better since your mind is free and you don't have to stress/worry about the consequences of not living up to expectations/pyament. I'm sure you'll do well as long as you put your heart to it. Most importantly listen to your mom. I'm a grown up working man and I still listen to her just like when I was 8 years old because in her eyes, you'll always be her 8 year old
All the best!!!!